Group Targets California's Mt. Rubidoux Cross

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An iconic cross on a mountain in California has come under fire. The religious symbol has stood on Mount Rubidoux in Riverside for more than 100 years.

Now the Freedom From Religion Foundation wants the cross removed and is threatening to sue the city if it doesn't take it down.

The group cited the First Amendment's Establishment Clause which prohibits government promotion of religion on public land.

Some suggested the city sell the public property that the cross sits on to avoid a costly lawsuit.

The cross draws thousands of visitors each year. Many said they would hate to see it go away.

"I think it should stay up there. It's been up there forever. People enjoy going up there on Easter. It's just a great symbol for the city," Riverside resident Ester Ricon said.

"It's ridiculous," Jim Powers of San Dimas said. "That's what this country was founded on was freedom of religion. I really hate to see it. I think the cross needs to stay right where it is."

The city will make a decision on whether to sell the cross next year.

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