Man's Giant Cross Causes Stir in Penn. Town

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A Pennsylvania man's refusal to remove a 24-foot illuminated cross from his yard has landed him in hot water with a local city council.

Carl Behr said he was instructed by God to build the large cross. The structure is nailed to a tree in his Baldwin, Penn., yard near Pittsburgh.

Shortly after displaying the cross, a neighbor complained and a violation notice was issued against Behr, ordering him to take the cross down by week's end.

"It's not scary to me at all. Man's law is not going to make me do something that the Lord is giving me a job," Behr said. "When the Lord asks you to do a job, you don't ask questions."

Borough manager John Barrett said Behr could apply for a permit, but it would likely be denied because the cross doesn't meet several size and placement requirements.

The council also passed an amendment to a light ordinance, in order to "protect neighbors, the environment and the night sky from nuisance glare and light trespass."

Behr said he will readjust the lights on the cross, if he has to.

Council members are hoping the case isn't brought in front of a magistrate.

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