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By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) - A church name inscribed on a city-owned water tower in Oklahoma has drawn the ire of an atheist group.
According to ABC News, after a complaint that the tower displays the town of Broken Arrow's First Baptist Church, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the city telling them to remove the church's name.
The inscription was part of an agreement between the church and the city whereby the latter gets the use of church land in return for displaying the name of that church on the water tower. But as the tower is government owned, FFRF claimed it can't be used to "advertise" for any religion, which would be a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
However, during a recent executive session Broken Arrow officials voted not to take any action that would break the town's original agreement with the church, opting instead to face the inevitable FFRF lawsuits.