Steubenville City Council will meet Tuesday to discuss what has become a very controversial city logo.
The city has been called to remove the cross and chapel belonging to the Franciscan University of Steubenville from their logo or face a lawsuit, a threat made by the Freedom of Religion Foundation.
The foundation claims it does not follow the separation of church and state. The city was instructed by Law Director Geary Repella to remove the cross or face costly court battles, spending money the financially strapped city doesn't have.
The battle heated up when Wheeling attorney, James Bordas, of Bordas and Bordas Law Firm, offered to represent the City of Steubenville for free, if they choose to take on the Wisconsin based group.
The Fraciscan University of Steubenville says that it is not the promotion of one religion over another or the promotion of any religion. They believe it is the city choosing very identifiable landmarks to represent the city.
Many residents of Steubenville would like the logo to remain the same.
"I don't think it's offensive at all. I think that the cross, Franciscan itself, is a big symbol of the city. It's really helped keep the city afloat with jobs and all the enterprise we are doing," says Mike Rankin, Steubenville.
"They should ask why it is there and once they are told that it represents a very important aspect, a foundation of Steubenville, they shouldn't be offended by it then," says Timothy Dimoff, CEO/President of SACS.