Monday, May 03, 2010

A wicked cross again

We read:
"A religious watchdog group says a cross and motto on the emblem of an Army hospital in Colorado violate the constitutional requirement for separation of church and state and should be removed.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation asked the Army this week to change the emblem of Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson, outside Colorado Springs.

The emblem says "Pro deo et humanitate" or "For God and humanity."

Fort Carson commanders will review the complaint, Lt. Col. Steve Wollman said. He said the emblem had been approved by the Army Institute of Heraldry and has been in use since 1969.

Wollman said references to doctors serving God and humanity date to the time of Hippocrates, a pre-Christianity Greek physician.

Wollman said the cross, which has a pointed base, is both an emblem of mercy and a symbol dating to the Middle Ages, when pilgrims carried a cross with a spiked base to mark the site of a camp.



Anonymous said...

Since the words "Separation of Church and State" appear no where in the US Constitution, shouldn't THAT fact be pointed out to the whiners, and their case thrown out?

We The People said...

They already know that Anon. Problem is, you're looking at the actual Constitution, while they use an imaginary version.

Lt. Col. Wollman gave a fine explanation. Now let's see if he has the balls to stand behind it. Now, with the White House controlled by outright Marxists, the US military has become a study in political correctness. Most of the top military leaders are a disgrace to the uniforms they wear. Hopefully they'll all be purged when the new president takes over in 2012.

Anonymous said...

I am an Orthodox Jew, and seriously, a cross on the side of the hospital is fine by me, symbols of other religions do not offend me in any capacity.

Anonymous said...

This might turn on whether the cross is intended to be a symbol of Christianity or merely a way of indentifying a hospital - as crosses have been used for a long time...

The Finn said...

There are so many of these cases in the U.S. that one would think that the SCOTUS would finally end up giving some sort of a final decision on the matter. One way or the other. This is clearly an issue that (a.) is debated constantly and (b.) can easily be solved. It's just a matter of will and courage to step up and decide what it is exactly the wording in the Constitution means.

Anonymous said...

If it was a moooslim symbol. it would be ok with the politically correct bastards and the bastard muslim in chief in the white house.