Better To Desecrate It Than Remove It?

A mayor in Tennessee has found a...unique way to respond to a potential lawsuit against the cross displayed on his town's water tower: he had one of the arms of the cross removed.  (image via)

A white water-tower against blue sky, painted with the town's name of "WHITEVILLE", with a white cross with one horizontal arm missing atop the tower
This is, mind you, the mayor who called Freedom from Religion Foundation, who was handling the lawsuit against the town on behalf of an anonymous resident who complained about it, "terrorists" for attempting to force the town to remain religiously neutral. 

His decision to remove one arm is intended to satisfy the legal requirement - it's no longer technically a cross, just an odd nightstick-shaped thing (which, given the increasing police power/abuse of power in this country, is probably a chillingly appropriate symbol) - while disobeying in spirit, as the three-armed un-cross serves as a reminder of what it used to be.  His comments on removing one arm of the cross reiterated the accusation of "terrorist!" against FFRF and their anonymous client, also calling them "cowardly" and "shameful".

The lawsuit and the decision to desecrate the cross on the water tower to avoid removing it has sparked, in turn, a movement among the people in the town to put crosses in their yards, to "[symbolize] that we as a community still have faith. Just because you don't believe doesn't mean we don't."  They say you can't go down a street in the town without seeing at least two crosses.

I hear that and all I can think is, who are the real terrorists now, if we're going to use that kind of language?  These people are so invested in their public display of their faith, so convinced of their religion's supremacy, that they feel the need to put hundreds of crosses around town and make their town as unwelcoming as possible for anyone who's not a Christian - or even those who are Christian but prefer not to make gaudy display of it as a political point. 

I think their own Bible says it better than I can (Matthew 6:5-6, New International Version):
"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."


CaitieCat said...

So glad to see you're feeling up to writing again. 

Now, as to your closing quote: there you go again, you dangerous radical, putting the words of a terrible jobless leader of hippies out there as though they mattered, when compared to the Importance of Being (visibly) Christian. 

Why, the man was practically a communist, hated the financial services industry, took direct physical action against them on more than one occasion, as well as ranting against them numerous times.  The man hung out with prostitutes and homeless people, undocumented residents, all kinds of detritus that the Invisible Hand had pushed aside in its wisdom.  Hell, he was some kind of community organizer!  How dare you leave his rabble-rousing anti-Amerkun apple-pie-hating words in public! 

Jadelyn said...

Thanks Caitie - I'm glad, too.  I guess I reached some arbitrary point in my head, like rotating a stiff joint and getting it to pop and suddenly it moves fine again, heh. 

Also, lol, inorite?  I think you'd appreciate the Jesus-versus-JEEZUS comparison here.

Teaspoon said...

That's...the political equivalent of licking the last doughnut, not to reserve it, but so nobody else can have it, and then leaving it on the kitchen counter for two weeks to get moldy.  And that so many people in the town decided to rally behind it just boggles my mind.

Jadelyn said...

Perfect analogy is perfect, lolsob.


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