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Christianity Thomas on 20 Aug 2010 12:01 am

Highway crosses are illegal

Federal appeals court says highways’ crosses are unconstitutional

Memorial crosses erected along Utah public roads to honor fallen state highway troopers have been found unconstitutional by a federal appeals court.

A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the 14 large crosses would be viewed by most passing motorists as “government’s endorsement of Christianity.”

11 Responses to “Highway crosses are illegal”

  1. on 20 Aug 2010 at 6:01 pm 1.WC said …

    Ehh… I don’t think they’re unconstitutional unless the troopers being honored weren’t Christian, or they were refusing to honor non-Christians.

    However, I do think they are stupid. They are a distraction on the highway that will only cause more accidents. Have something for them that can be seen, but isn’t an eye-catcher.

  2. on 20 Aug 2010 at 9:13 pm 2.Rostam said …

    In order to judge decisions like this one we must go back to the founders actions, not words. Words are easily twisted. Well, they prayed in Congress, they took days off in congress for Sunday school parades and they taught the Bible in schools and prayed in schools.

    So, would the founders find a cross on a highway unconstitutional? Absolutely not which is why they never inserted the phrase “wall between church and state” in the Constitution. Isn’t it amazing some letter Jefferson wrote (not even in the country during the Constitution process) to a bunch of Baptist can somehow become part of our Constitution? Even the most misunderstood part?

    Going to the Constitution here, the government is not attempting to force a state religion upon the people therefore the Crosses are Constitutional.

    Case dismissed.

  3. on 21 Aug 2010 at 11:27 pm 3.Anonymous said …

    If the Crosses are on private property then there shouldn’t be any problem.
    If they are on public property they are unconstitutional. This understanding of the constitution of understood by the supreme court based on what Thomas Jefferson meant contains “separation of church and state” since 1947.
    Also, don’t forget the Treaty of Tripoli.

  4. on 22 Aug 2010 at 12:38 pm 4.Burebista said …

    Rosta,

    It is amazing how ignorant Americans are about what the Constitution actually states. The letter to the Danbury Baptist was to assure them the government would not establish a state religion. How a letter is part of the Constitution still eludes me. Now the Xenophobes freak out anytime there is anything that might even resemble a cross.

    I look for them to attack the Arlington National cometary next. I plan on camping out at my ancestors burial plots.

  5. on 23 Aug 2010 at 8:23 pm 5.Anonymous said …

    It is amazing how ignorant Americans are about what the Constitution actually states.

    I hope you guys know what the supreme court is, and the authority they have.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separation_of_church_and_state_in_the_United_States#Supreme_Court_since_1947

  6. on 23 Aug 2010 at 11:53 pm 6.Burebista said …

    I hope you know what the Constitution is and what it REALLY states.

    Ah, smell the air. Don’t you know that the government loves it when the massses stop thinking for themselves. In this manner no threat of rebellion as Jefferson suggested when the gov stops listening to the people

  7. on 14 Sep 2010 at 6:47 am 7.reberth said …

    Unconstitutional? PLEASE! religious views are being attacked. Public cases, diverstiy. It is all a joke! courts, schools, sides of the road. WHY are these the types of things people don’t stand up for. Simple but yet very essential parts of being an “American” stripped away. This isn’t about ROAD SIDE DISTRACTIONS, its about taking GOD out of the equation.
    If the government was worried about ‘distractions’ why allow ANYTHING on the side of the road? If a wooden cross is a distraction, how about taking down buildings with neon flashing lights, or better yet, yellow fire hydrants, female joggers. you can get as trivial as you want with that weak argumentative point.
    “Government endorsement of Christianity??!?” ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! The dollar bill, ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’, granted.. it doesnt specify WHICH God, but at the same time it doesn’t read: ‘In Allah we trust.’ The past time government creed we used to remember…. ONE NATION…. UNDER GOD! This is GOD’S COUNTRY, that is pretty government endorsed to me. Now yall nit pick at everything i just said.

  8. on 29 Nov 2010 at 10:14 pm 8.MYSELF said …

    Due to separation of church and state then technically certain areas are unconstitutional. I do think it’s a bit annoying about the roads. If someone stops to take the time to look at a cross on the side of the road then…well they’re not doing what they should be: Paying attention. They can be a distraction admittedly but at the same time many people just want others to know someone died there. WHy? Who the hell really knows and why do we care?

  9. on 01 Nov 2013 at 4:23 pm 9.Animation3dfx said …

    Here are the FACTS:
    1)The government CANNOT promote any religions.
    2)Our founding fathers WERE NOT Christians and many of them did not like Christianity. Most of them were Freemasons, agnostics, and atheists.
    3)Crosses on public (government owned) land is unconstitutional and the Christians doing it are disrespecting other beliefs and pushing their own agendas (nothing new there).

  10. on 01 Nov 2013 at 4:27 pm 10.Animation3dfx said …

    To put it in a better context, if the highways were riddle with Muslim religious symbols, the Christians would be screaming and burning them down. Nuff said. They have to go!

  11. on 01 Nov 2013 at 4:43 pm 11.Ben said …

    “Most of them were Freemasons, agnostics, and atheists.”

    That’s quite funny. They prayed before Congress went into session and even delayed one session to attend a SS parade. Most were Christians with a few diests and one agnostic.

    The Constitution states government will not establish a religion. Putting up a cross is not establishing a religion.

    Schools outside Detroit have foot washing stations for Muslims. Of course Muslims have become the darlings of the Left

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