A lot of people think the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (covering California) is the craziest court. Amazingly, a huge percentage of its decisions are overturned. Now it looks like the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (Denver) is either bending towards atheism or has just gone nuts.
A three-judge hearing found that the use of crosses to commemorate the sacrifices of the Utah Highway Patrol was the same thing as the state attempting to make everyone a Christian (my paraphrase). American Atheists, Inc. , from Texas of all places, filed the suit initially.
Fox News reports: Utah attorney Brian Barnard, who represents the Texas group, said the ruling could mean the crosses will eventually be removed from the state’s highways or moved to private property.
“My clients are not anti-highway patrol trooper and don’t want to disrespect the troopers who have lost their lives,” Barnard said. “But there are ways of honoring these troopers without emphasizing religion. We can honor them in such way that includes all Utahns whether they are religious or nonreligious.”
The atheist group should check their own back yard and the yards in Utah and most western states. Go to any of the old cowboy graveyards and you will find crude wooden crosses above graves of unknown and known bodies who were shot or died from other means in the wild west days. Maybe the judges should also take a field trip to research this before reconsidering and reversing their decision.
Crosses are symbols of death and have been even before God sent his only Son to die for our sins by being crucified. Death by crucifixion was considered so bad a method to die that Roman law forbid any Roman citizen from being crucified.
After Jesus died for our sins, we (Christians) adopted the cross as one of the reminders of the horrible, torturous death Jesus suffered for all of mankind that accepts the Lord as their Savior. Interestingly enough, Jesus did not tell anyone the cross was to be a symbol of Christianity.
Jesus did tell us to remember Him by breaking bread and sharing it in remembrance of His broken body. He also asked us to remember Him by sharing wine as a remembrance of the blood he shed for us.
Luke 22:19-20 (NIV)
19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
Let us start a movement that all public officials, including judges, be prohibited from eating any bread or drinking any wine because they are the real religious symbols of Jesus.
Will the American Atheists, Inc. instruct all its members to stop eating bread and prohibit them from drinking wine? It will probably be a cold day in the place where they are eventually going before that.