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Nonprofits may buy cross property

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POSTED January 8, 2013 8:52 p.m.

RIVERSIDE (AP) — A coalition of nonprofit groups is ready to buy a portion of a Southern California mountaintop so a white cross can stay put.

There has been a cross on Riverside's Mount Rubidoux since 1907. The current structure was put up in 1963, eight years after Mission Inn founder Frank Miller's family gifted the mountain as a city park.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State last year threatened a lawsuit if the city doesn't take the cross down, claiming a religious symbol on public land is unconstitutional.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports Tuesday that the Mission Inn Foundation, Friends of Mount Rubidoux and the Riverside Land Conservancy ( will bid on the portion of the mountain where the cross sits if city leaders decide to offer it for auction.


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