Recently a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that memorial crosses erected and displayed along Utah public roads to honor fallen state highway troopers must be removed as unconstitutional.
In their ruling, the judges said: “We hold that these memorials have the impermissible effect of conveying to the reasonable observer the message that the state prefers or otherwise endorses a certain religion.”
It is important to note that the memorial crosses were placed along Utah public roads by a private — not public — organization, the Utah Highway Patrol Association. The association also maintains the crosses. In other words, no public funds are used for this purpose.
The alleged Constitutional infraction is that the roadways along which the markers were placed are public. So apparently the court felt that passing motorists might assume that because the crosses were on public roadways that meant the government was endorsing Christianity.
I like a comment from columnist David Limbaugh about this matter: “Our politically correct-intoxicated culture is so allergic to expressions and symbols of Christianity that our courts leap to absurd conclusions to cordon off the chief allergen: Christianity.”
Does this mean that all cross-shaped grave markers in publicly owned cemeteries must also be removed?
Does anyone else believe that this is ridiculous?