The God hating atheist groups will just not leave people alone, especially those of whom have a Christian faith. Or apparently even a family who is showing their respects for their mother, with a cross.
Tucked away in overgrown grass along the side of a road in Salem, Oregon, was a small, white cross, commemorating the life of a mother who died in a tragic car wreck at least a decade ago. But that tribute has since been voluntarily removed by the family after a prominent atheist group complained about its location.
In late June, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a notice to Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett (D), demanding the 4-foot-tall Christian symbol be removed because it was positioned on city property — an “unconstitutional endorsement of religion.”
Rather than fight the complaint, the family decided to simply remove the memorial because they didn’t want the intimate tribute to get caught up in a firestorm of scrutiny
“They didn’t want their mother’s memorial to become a point of contention in the community and thanked everyone who supported them,” Kenny Larson, a spokesman for the city, told KATU-TV. “They ask the media respect their privacy and have no further comment.”
When Bennett first received the letter from FFRF attorney Rebecca Markert, he acknowledged that the cross was, in fact, located on city property.
“We had a woman killed there in an accident 10 or 12 years ago,” he said at the time. “Her children wanted to put up a memorial to her, did, and have maintained it ever since.”
The cross has been there for over a decade. Hows come the FFRF is now taking notice?
When asked if the cross was an endorsement by the city of Christianity, Bennett said it was “an endorsement of a family’s love for their mother and their sadness at her loss and their desire to commemorate her memory.”
The FFRF stood its ground, nevertheless. Cheryl Kolbe, Portland area chapter president for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which is based in Wisconsin, said earlier this month that she doesn’t “like seeing Christian symbols or any religious symbols on public land.”
The FFRF is not fond of our Lord Jesus, or anything remotely related to Christianity. Which would be why they are pitching this fit over this cross. Atheist just cant stand to see anything that advocates God.
“This is not the same as a very recent car accident where somebody put some flowers or whatever or even a cross on the side of the road a week or two,” she said. “The cross dramatically conveys a message of governmental support for Christianity whatever the intention of the display may be.”
Actually, these kinds of memorials are widely known to be a reminder of a person that has died. It is not intended to advertise religion to anyone. This family was only showing their love for a family member that has past.