Council to remove a Veterans Memorial because the cross on it offends

Council to remove a Veterans Memorial because the cross on it offends

May 06, 2016

Council to remove a Veterans Memorial because the cross on it offends

On November 2, the city council in a small Iowa town voted to remove a temporary memorial to fallen soldiers from a city park. The memorial was removed because an outside group complained to the city that the memorial featured a Christian cross. Only a day after the council voted to remove the memorial, the town voted to remove the council members.

Based on the complaint of a single citizen of Knoxville, Iowa, the anti-Christian group Americans United for Separation of Church and State swooped down on the city with a threatening letter, demanding that the town council remove a temporary display to veterans that had been placed in the city’s Young Park.

Because the display consisted of a silhouette of a kneeling soldier and a cross, the anti-Christian group claimed that the cross violated the separation of church and state and that it amounted to the city endorsing Christianity.

The silhouette display was meant as a sort of temporary place keeper while local townspeople raised the money for a permanent statue to veterans that was to decorate the park. (Hopefully the permanent statue will look just like this one).

With the threats of lawsuits from the anti-Christian group ringing in their ears, on November 2, the city council met and decided in a 3 to 2 vote to remove the display. Knoxviile City Council members April Verwers, Carolyn Formanek, and David Roozeboom were the three votes in favor of removing the display.

But the town was almost universally unhappy with the decision, and immediately after the council’s vote, some 2,000 small white crosses were placed in front yards all over town in support of the memorial.

Further, in the week before the city council’s vote, citizens had apparently warned the officials that if they voted to remove the display, their political careers were in jeopardy. As it happened, the day after the council voted to remove the display was election day and, much to the council members’ dismay, the town rose up and voted them out of office just as they warned they’d do. – NewsChicken

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28 Responses

Bruce Bennett
Bruce Bennett

May 31, 2016

Can I purchase the silhouette for my yard here in San Antonio Texas.

Greg
Greg

May 16, 2016

Lets interchange crosses and jewish stars that should take care of it.

Allan
Allan

May 13, 2016

If the cross offends you don’t move to a Christian contrary

Peter Maughan
Peter Maughan

May 13, 2016

Well done the good citizens of Knoxville!

Grace
Grace

May 12, 2016

Seriously? We wouldn’t demand their icons or their treasures or there remembrances be banned if we were living in their country! WHEN ARE AMERICANS GOING TO STAND UP FOR AMERICA? WHEN ARE WE GOING TO DIG OUR HEADS OUT OF THE SAND AND REALIZE AMERICANS ARE NOW THE MINORITY IN OUR COUNTRY?

Margaret Scott
Margaret Scott

May 12, 2016

HURRAH WELL DONE!!!!

Pamela Aby
Pamela Aby

May 12, 2016

If our cross offends anyone then they should leave our country. The cross in no way was a statement that was violating separation of church and state, it was showing respect and honoring all our fallen soldiers.

Dan Norris
Dan Norris

May 12, 2016

This is a country built on Christian beliefs and maybe the government needs to refocus the reason the rule went in separating church and state.

Buh bye
Buh bye

May 12, 2016

America the great is fading away. Goodbye, you will be missed

Dot Tessier
Dot Tessier

May 12, 2016

Why would you kow tow to a minority group? The majority of Americans are Christians so consider their feelings first. We have to tolerate many things in this world that we do not like but we do not demand that they be removed. Quit being so weak.

Kelly McNally
Kelly McNally

May 12, 2016

Send it to me… I’ll put it on my lawn and I could care less who it offends…. It’s on my property, that I pay for, so if it offends you either don’t look at it or move because I am an American and proud of the men and women who fought for my freedom… If you don’t like it take a plane somewhere that will kiss your ass because I won’t..,

Brian  Sutton
Brian Sutton

May 12, 2016

I am in Australia & am ? happy to see people in unity about this as we see Christians being persecuted a lot in USA
.we pray ? for you all the time.the media here o
S anti Christian as .we become more multi cultural

Brian  Sutton
Brian Sutton

May 12, 2016

I am in Australia & am ? happy to see people in unity about this as we see Christians being persecuted a lot in USA
.we pray ? for you all the time.the media here o
S anti Christian as .we become more multi cultural

Brian  Sutton
Brian Sutton

May 12, 2016

I am in Australia & am ? happy to see people in unity about this as we see Christians being persecuted a lot in USA
.we pray ? for you all the time.the media here o
S anti Christian as .we become more multi cultural

Bonnie
Bonnie

May 11, 2016

Let this group sue they have to have laywers too . The people need to understand what freemond stand for and stop worry abount rights . Just remember the men who gave there lives are the reason they can act like they do. In there country they would they would in jail.

Raymond
Raymond

May 11, 2016

It’s absolutely disgusting what has happened. Soldiers have the right to pay tribute to the fallen heroes and tributes in any way shape or form should be respected by all no matter what race or religious belief.

Irene Leighton
Irene Leighton

May 11, 2016

Soldiers died and ahould always be remembered. This is bot a religious statement it’s a memorial to this who perished during times of war. This must bot be removed or altered – it is a memorial

Catherine currie
Catherine currie

May 11, 2016

well done that town,I think it’s a disgrace that the fallen of any country are disrespected by their elected officials.

Dave jones
Dave jones

May 11, 2016

Good to hear a great town why should anybody be affended by the Christian cross , people should not force the beliefs on any body else

DONNA WARNER
DONNA WARNER

May 11, 2016

START STANDING UP FOR BRITAIN AND YOUR MILITARY INSTEAD OF KISSING MUSLIMS ASSES!

Rick
Rick

May 11, 2016

If they don’t like it then don’t bloody look at it ,,
What the hell is the matter with this country???

Kathy Allen
Kathy Allen

May 11, 2016

Thank You Citizens of Knoxville! All Towns should follow your actions! May God Bless Each of You for Standing up for the right to Honor God and our Fallen Hero’s!

maureen  cockburn
maureen cockburn

May 11, 2016

Power to the Christian people OF USA a christian country we will be heard stop playing about with our countrys values

Alex day
Alex day

May 11, 2016

Absolutely disgusting, sick to death of hearing about offending Muslims if they like the way we live go home we couldn’t go to there countries and start making demands so why allow them to do it in out lands

Alex day
Alex day

May 11, 2016

Absolutely disgusting, sick to death of hearing about offending Muslims if they like the way we live go home we couldn’t go to there countries and start making demands so why allow them to do it in out lands

Steve Martin
Steve Martin

May 11, 2016

PC gone mad ,I for one agree with the residents of Knoxville,good for them!

Alan Pearson
Alan Pearson

May 11, 2016

I wonder how many gravestones in local graveyards will have to be removed from the graves of dead BRITISH people because the crosses on them offend the foreigners of other religions settling in our Christian country .. if their offended they should not come to stay and live here . I am not racist but would never ask a muslim shopkeeper to sell me some pork and sue for discrimination if they don’t supply or get it for me .

lawrence thompson
lawrence thompson

May 11, 2016

no respect what so ever for a fallen soldier who’s payed the ultimate price…disgusting people in this world today…your not even safe in death…

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