The fight to save a cross

June 22, 2017

A federal judge in Pensacola, Florida, has ordered a 30-foot cross that was erected by the Jaycees in Bayview Park in 1969 (replacing a wooden one that had been there since 1941) to be removed within 30 days after precisely four people backed by two atheist groups filed a complaint. The judge acknowledged that the cross had wide public support and that the Founders would have found this lawsuit “absurd,” and if he were ruling on a blank slate, he would leave it alone. But “the law is the law,” and he was forced by precedent to order it removed as a purely religious symbol on public property.

A spokeswoman for one of the humanist groups that filed the lawsuit said, "The cross was totally unavoidable to park patrons” (did they continually bump into it?) “and to have citizens foot the bill for such a religious symbol is both unfair and unconstitutional.” Question: what bill? It was a gift from the Jaycees that had been standing in the park for 48 years. Moving it out of the park will generate a bill that citizens will have to foot. Perhaps the four atheists whose hearts bleed so for the poor beleaguered taxpayers would like to cover that bill, since they’re the only ones who were offended and they’re the reason it has to be relocated.


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Meanwhile, you might want to visit Arlington National Cemetery and pay your respects to all the fallen heroes before someone files a lawsuit demanding that all the thousands of crosses on public land be removed from their graves.

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  • Anne Skulemowski

    07/11/2017 06:33 PM

    I thought only ISIS did this. Somehow, over the past 4 years, history books have been rewritten and definitions such as religious freedom have been expanded to include witchcraft and atheism. How dod this happen without "Americans" having a vote?

  • Dieter Fischer

    07/04/2017 03:43 AM

    Rainbows in the sky are a religious symbol. If they could, I'm sure those atheists would want that outlawed too! Whatever happened to America's 'In God we trust'?

  • Norma Ross

    06/26/2017 08:48 PM

    If Christians don't stand together to protect our right to be Christian, what will happen to Christianity? When good men or women fail to speak, evil prevails!

  • Cecile Talley

    06/26/2017 06:03 PM

    I live in Florida. This Pensacola Judge must have been the one who tried to keep a kind and harmless creationist, Kent Hovind, locked up even after he served nine years on a trumped up money laundering charge. He finally won his freedom. He did win lots and lots of men to Jesus. I think he is still trying to get his property back.

  • Roxy Fisher

    06/26/2017 07:59 AM

    Unfortunately, Christians have been crucified since time began. They may not be able to feed us to the lions or hang us on a tree, but they do quite well crucifying us with their actions and words. And I'm afraid this is the way it will be until the end of time unless we finally rise up and take our religious rights back. Why is it we're supposed to leave them have their beliefs, but they try to squash ours at every turn.

The fight to save a cross

June 22, 2017

A federal judge in Pensacola, Florida, has ordered a 30-foot cross that was erected by the Jaycees in Bayview Park in 1969 (replacing a wooden one that had been there since 1941) to be removed within 30 days after precisely four people backed by two atheist groups filed a complaint. The judge acknowledged that the cross had wide public support and that the Founders would have found this lawsuit “absurd,” and if he were ruling on a blank slate, he would leave it alone. But “the law is the law,” and he was forced by precedent to order it removed as a purely religious symbol on public property.

A spokeswoman for one of the humanist groups that filed the lawsuit said, "The cross was totally unavoidable to park patrons” (did they continually bump into it?) “and to have citizens foot the bill for such a religious symbol is both unfair and unconstitutional.” Question: what bill? It was a gift from the Jaycees that had been standing in the park for 48 years. Moving it out of the park will generate a bill that citizens will have to foot. Perhaps the four atheists whose hearts bleed so for the poor beleaguered taxpayers would like to cover that bill, since they’re the only ones who were offended and they’re the reason it has to be relocated.


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Meanwhile, you might want to visit Arlington National Cemetery and pay your respects to all the fallen heroes before someone files a lawsuit demanding that all the thousands of crosses on public land be removed from their graves.

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Comments 1-5 of 189

  • Anne Skulemowski

    07/11/2017 06:33 PM

    I thought only ISIS did this. Somehow, over the past 4 years, history books have been rewritten and definitions such as religious freedom have been expanded to include witchcraft and atheism. How dod this happen without "Americans" having a vote?

  • Dieter Fischer

    07/04/2017 03:43 AM

    Rainbows in the sky are a religious symbol. If they could, I'm sure those atheists would want that outlawed too! Whatever happened to America's 'In God we trust'?

  • Norma Ross

    06/26/2017 08:48 PM

    If Christians don't stand together to protect our right to be Christian, what will happen to Christianity? When good men or women fail to speak, evil prevails!

  • Cecile Talley

    06/26/2017 06:03 PM

    I live in Florida. This Pensacola Judge must have been the one who tried to keep a kind and harmless creationist, Kent Hovind, locked up even after he served nine years on a trumped up money laundering charge. He finally won his freedom. He did win lots and lots of men to Jesus. I think he is still trying to get his property back.

  • Roxy Fisher

    06/26/2017 07:59 AM

    Unfortunately, Christians have been crucified since time began. They may not be able to feed us to the lions or hang us on a tree, but they do quite well crucifying us with their actions and words. And I'm afraid this is the way it will be until the end of time unless we finally rise up and take our religious rights back. Why is it we're supposed to leave them have their beliefs, but they try to squash ours at every turn.

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