Class Warfare Blog

February 26, 2019

An Establishment of Religion?

Filed under: Culture,Politics,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 7:29 am

In the religious news today is the “Bladenburg Cross Memorial,” a mammoth 40 ft tall Roman cross erected with private funds as a memorial to those who lost their lives fighting World War 1 (although it was rededicated in honor and memory of all veterans decades ago). At some point or other it became public property and is now being adjudicated as a “government establishment of religion” before the Supreme Court. As someone who advocates that it is a not a good idea to place sensitive body parts on an anvil and handing out hammers, this problem could be solved without making a court case out of it.

Solutions are quite easy to come by. For example, if those favoring keeping such a memorial are earnest, allow them to buy back the monument and place it back in private hands. Selling it to a veterans organization for $1 to maintain in perpetuity would be a nice gesture.

Possibly the reason why a veterans organization would not accept the deal above is the fact that the concrete cross is crumbling, with the government paying out hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair it over the years. Since it is on the verge of collapse, instead of repairing it, it should be lovingly dismantled and replaced with a secular monument to honor the service of all veterans of all religions. This should be less expensive than continuing to pour money down a rat hole for repairs (which haven’t worked by all accounts).

The last thing we should do is make a federal case out of it with the current set of clowns on the Supreme Court, looking to rewrite the Constitution more to their liking and to Hell with the rest of us.



  1. Works fine for me. I am a veteran of one of those damn fool wars of choice. Yep, the Vietnam war. Why should veterans have to maintain that cross? Not all of us were or are xtians. There always have been and most likely will be (‘Merikkka cannot seem to ever live in peace.) atheists in the fox holes/wars.


    Comment by Walter Kronkat — February 26, 2019 @ 1:18 pm | Reply

    • Yeah, the arguments are tortured about what to do about it. Some say it would be sacrilege to have to take it down … a cheap (apparently) concrete cross? If one were to gift them the funds to replace with a fine stone cross, they would leap at the chance to dump the old concrete one. It seems people are making up shit so as to pick a fight and I abhor legal cases based upon such squabbles.

      On Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 1:18 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 26, 2019 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

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