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Congressman Matt Gaetz

Representing the 1st District of Florida

Congressman Gaetz Comments on Bayview Cross

June 20, 2017
Press Release


“The Bayview Cross has served as an important part of our Pensacola community for many decades. The construction of the Bayview cross did not establish or promote any one religion, but rather serves as a symbol of the values represented by the constituency of Northwest Florida. A constituency that holds a strong set of core values that are rooted in a deep and abiding faith in God.

This past Monday, I was frustrated to hear that a U.S. District Court Judge Vinson has ruled the historical landmark unconstitutional, because some argue it alienates those who choose different values than those that bind the majority of our constituency.

I am deeply saddened by this decision and will always stand in support of the Bayview Cross. The Bayview Cross, although a symbol of Christianity, has grown beyond that as a monument of our community’s history. Whether acknowledged by those who hold faith values or not the United States of America was founded upon Christian principles. To deny the historical importance of the Bayview Cross would be equivalent to the denial of the historical importance of the foundation of our Christian nation.”

For more information, please contact Kavontae Smalls, Communications Director for Congressman Gaetz, at (850) 479-1183.