Crosses For State Patrol


Crosses By Roadside by NewtonStein at Ministers-Best-Friend.com

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Will Courts take Them Down?



UTAH USA - Utah highway crosses face appeal hearing" (Surprise ending!)

If you've ever been to Utah and seen the 12' tall beautiful Crosses beside their highways in honor of State Patrol killed in duty - you know the great inspiration. It is an image not to be forgotten.

Utah's memorial crosses contain the highway patrol's logo and a small plaque with a photo and short biography of the fallen trooper, as well as the trooper's name, rank, badge number and year of death.

A Denver federal appellate court will hear arguments today on the religiousness of 12-foot-high crosses used to honor deceased Utah troopers along state highways.

A federal judge in Salt Lake City in 2007 ruled that the crosses are not an illegal public endorsement of religion and are used to communicate a secular message -- that a patrolman died or was mortally wounded at a particular location.

However, the opposition to all religious symbolism says Utah - the Mormon State is biased in favor of religion.

The American Atheists organization in their appeal to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has suggested tombstone or American flag to honor fallen troopers.

Judge said U.S. military uses crosses in cemeteries to represent death and also noted that Utah's majority religion, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, does not use a cross as an icon.

American Atheists will have 20 minutes to present argument before three-judge panel, while Utah Highway Patrol and Utah Highway Patrol Association, which funds the crosses, will have 15 minutes.

Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, as well as the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty will also have five minutes to tell the judges how the case may affect roadside memorials in their states.

In court documents, American Atheists attorney Brian Barnard acknowledges that crosses are common in government-owned cemeteries, but argues the case is about public rights of way.

Those in the know think there is a good chance the Crosses will remain because of the broad public support. However, there is a 'downside' for Christians.'

Shocking religious truth in Modern USA!

The Attorney's for the Crosses say they have no chance of winning based on any of the following legal grounds:

> > (a) that this is, and has always been a Christian Nation

> > (b) that this nation's US Constitution guarantees a 'free exercise of religion' - thus the people have a right to referendum voting: and if a vast majority agree, it should be so;

That the state should 'allow' such expression as the will of the majority just as the state allows a 'very devout religious person' - or very devoutly irreligious person - to be governor or president, if that is the will of the people;

That neither instance is an establishment of, nor an endorsement of the religious Christian or the non-religious atheist, but simply an allowance of religious freedom for the vast majority: whatever they vote into office, so be it - for one and all;

Whatever they vote about the Crosses, so be it - for one and all;

> > (c) that this practice in honoring state patrol is neither paid for nor endorsed by the State or Federal Government;

> > (d) that the act of placing it, the monument itself, the money, and those involved, are all volunteers;

> > (e) that it simply shows a deep respect to those who died protecting American citizens;



Attorneys for the Crosses say the USA is so far gone down the atheist path to use any of these legal arguments, sound though they may be.

The Cross attorneys say the Christians can win and the Crosses remain, only "IF" attorneys succeed in proving the "Cross is no longer s religious symbol in the USA, that it is like the Christmas Tree:

. . .a purely secular symbol accepted by the masses without any religious significance, value, or meaning, except to a small minority. Therefore the Crosses by the road will evoke no religious thoughts, or even be identified by the public with any particular religion!

If this practice is ended, and the Crosses all come down, this will be a sad day for Christians in the USA.

However, If the three-judge-panel agrees the attorneys in favor of the Crosses are correct, that the symbol of the Christian Cross no longer has identification or religious value for the vast majority of secular Americans, for this commentator, it will be even a sadder day.

It this strange set of circumstances, it seems Christians can only win . . . if they lose.

Pray fervently!







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