Officials in east Texas's San Jacinto County aren't reacting well to a suggestion that they remove large crosses from the local courthouse.
The courthouse, located in the county seat of Cold-spring, has four white crosses in its upper windows that are usually lit up during the Christmas season. A local resident complained, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote to officials about the matter.
Not only did the officials not remove the crosses, they responded by illuminating them, even though they would normally be dark at this time of year. They later boasted about it on social media.
Many residents in the town of about 900 reacted with anger to the complaint. A minister suggested that people who don't like the crosses should inhale carbon monoxide.
Another resident, David Blevins, told a Houston television station, "If it offends them, close your eyes when you go by. If you don't like it, don't look at it."