Villager’s defiance on little white cross prompts look back at Michigan controversy

A defiant Villager who refused to remove a little white cross from his lawn stirred controversy last week during a public hearing overflowing with supporters of his cause.

Wayne Anderson, who lives on Ansley Path in the Village of Tamarind Grove, remained firm in his opposition to removing his little white cross, which is deemed a “lawn ornament” under the deed restrictions in Community Development District 8.

Little white crosses can be seen in yards throughout Florida’s Friendliest Hometown. Some remain standing because no complaint has been lodged against them. Some remain standing because they are on display at homes located in community development districts with no prohibition on lawn ornaments.

So where did the idea come from for the little white crosses?

The Frankenmuth, Mich. crest

Legend has it that years ago, an atheist living in Frankenmuth, Mich. complained about two crosses on a bridge in town. He said the crosses violated the separation of church and state. So the town removed them. He then asked the city to remove a cross on the Frankenmuth crest, which includes a Luther Rose with a heart, flower and cross, in honor of the community’s Lutheran origins.

At that point, the residents decided they’d had enough. Hundreds of residents made their opinions known by placing small crosses in their front yards. Seeing this quiet, but powerful statement from the community, the man removed his complaint. Many of those crosses are said to remain in those front yards today in Frankenmuth.

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