A Christmas tree dispute occurred in Highland Town on Monday.
“We are here only to our mayor and our town, please put the cross back on this tree,” said Highland Baptist pastor Mark Ford.
Dozens of people protested to dismantle a cross Christmas tree hat from the community tree in the town.
“As Christians, we may be pushed to the brink, but we should clearly convey a message that we believe in Jesus Christ and that he is the reason for this season,” Ford said.
Town officials said that someone instructed the crew to place the Christmas tree on the high ground without the usual stars, because in the past, the top of the tree broke due to strong winds, and the tree could not support it.
Instead, the crew erected the cross without approval and the crew had to remove it.
“Usually, we have a star. If we plan to put something, we will become a star, but we are worried that the top will be broken, so this is why it was removed,” town manager Josh Ward said.
However, some residents are dissatisfied with this decision.
“Whatever the reason, we all hope to cross the rise,” said Highland resident Gerald Hedden.
“I would ask, if nothing else, put it a second and put it in front,” Ford said, hoping to protest the message to the town leaders.
“It says that we are not making trouble here, we just want to get our faith symbol back to the Christmas tree, because Christmas is about Christ,” Ford said.
The pastor said they will continue to push the cross back to the tree.