Sunday, May 11, 2014

Atheists Sue to Remove WWII Monument!

Every couple of weeks, like clockwork, we hear about an atheist group that is targeting a historical memorial because of its religious connotations. First, there was the lawsuit over a cross in the 9/11 museum at Ground Zero. Now, an atheist group is targeting a war memorial because of its religious significance!

The World War II memorial was erected by the Knights of Columbus at the Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort in Montana more than 60 years ago. Whereas other monuments or statues hint at a religious connection, this one couldn’t be any clearer. The six-foot tall Jesus statue is in honor of the Army veterans who served as ski patrols in the Alps of Italy.

Since the ski resort is technically on public land, the atheists claim that the existence of this monument violates the First Amendment’s establishment clause, amounting to a “permanent Catholic shrine on public land.” Supporters of the monument disagree, arguing that it is an important part of our past and a dedication to all those who gave their lives fighting for our country!

What began as a religious monument has, today, somewhat shifted to a local legend. The Jesus statue is routinely high-fived by skiers passing through and the statue is usually found dressed up for holidays. That isn’t stopping the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) from suing to have the monument removed.

One FFRF atheist remarked that he became physically ill and uncomfortable at the sight of the statue. The group remarks that its members avoid the statue whenever possible, choosing to hike and ski elsewhere.


The matter is at present before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Anonymous said...

Some people are really stupid.
I am an atheist and I have no objection to religious symbols. I just do not want religious people trying to push their ideas onto me.
The Constitution does not say anything about separation.

Anonymous said...

One of them became nauseous!?! Afraid of someone that supposedly doesn't exist? Maybe he needs to rethink his philosophy.

Anonymous said...

Catholics seem very fond of kitchy and sentimentalized statuary/images representing their saints, the Virgin Mary and Jesus. It's pure idolatory of course, especially when actually praying to saints (which just took the place of the various pagan gods when populations were Christianized), but certainly seems at odds with one of the first Ten Commandments, and why the Reformation tried to strip churches of such "blasphemy".
As for this example, let the Catholics have their "Dolly" if it prevents them having a tantrum should it be taken away because of "neo-reformation" atheists with more logical reasons.

Anonymous said...

I'm an atheist, and I think it is completely wrong for these people to try to take the religious symbols out of everything.
If praying to your Deity(ies)makes you feel good and helps make you a better person, then please, keep it up.
If, however, you use your faith(or lack of one) to lord over your fellow humans, or as an excuse for atrocities, then I despise you.

Anonymous said...

The matter is at present before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

That means they will side the the atheists. SCOTUS will have to decide this I guess!

Bird of Paradise said...

The FFRF and the ACLU need to have their tax exempt status revoked