ACLU Attempts to Prevent Churches’ Public Display of Crosses Despite City Approval | If [ACLU representatives] succeed in this lawsuit,” the ADF’s intervention states, “the churches will be deprived of the time, effort, money and property expended in creating, permitting, erecting and maintaining the crosses, including their interest in expressing their viewpoint in the public forum known as the Riverfront for a brief two-week period in August of 2013.” ADF attorney Bryan Beauman said in a press release that the churches’ basic freedoms are being threatened by the ACLU. “A public display, approved in the same way as other types of displays cannot be singled out for censorship simply because it is in the shape of a cross,” Beauman wrote. “The ACLU’s misinterpretation of the First Amendment should not be allowed to uproot this fundamental freedom.”