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Published: Tuesday, July 26 2011 12:08 p.m. MDT

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Kate1966
SOUTH JORDAN, UT

I have such a hard time understanding why this could offend anyone. It all comes down the desire to have more power and control. A fallen trooper who has given his life for me, that I may live in a safer world certainly deserves to be recognized. I think this would probably mean a great deal to his family also. I say to these at Atheists, if you cannot stand behind these men and woman who protect our nation--feel free to stand in front of them.

George
Bronx, NY

@kate1966
you're right you are choosing not to understand. It is not about recognizing or not recognizing their sacrifices it is about how those sacrifices are being recognized. I also find it strange that yuo seem to think that none of these troopers may happen to not be Christian and dare I say maybe even be atheist.

coltakashi
Richland, WA

The signs are in the form of a cross because it is a recognized symbol of death. They are placed at the site where Utah law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty, not at well-trafficked intersections where they will get maximum exposure to the driving public. They bear the name of the officers who so died in public service. They do not carry a message promoting any denomination, or calling on anyone to do anything, other than remember the service of a person who gave his life in protecting us. Only an angry, Christianity-hating atheist would even think of these as emblems of religious promotion rather than memorials to honor a dead public servant.

Besides, they all bear the Utah beehive, an emblem of the state, but also one that is derived from the Book of Mormon. It appears on the state flag and seal on letterhead, etc., so it has acquired a meaning apart from its religious origins. Even though it has religious meaning in certain contexts for Mormons, they are not going to see it as a religious emblem in this context, just as they do not see the cross as religious.

coltakashi
Richland, WA

There is a classic design for wood doors called "Cross and Bible" with a raised vertical bar and two raised horizontal bars, suggesting to some people the picture of a cross above an open book. This is on doors of government buildings and historic buildings that are owned by governments and preserved for their historic value. But the 10th Circuit's ruling could be used as a basis to replace all those doors on government buildings with a flat surface, just because atheists might be irritated by a "Christian symbol".

Atheists who think any display like these highway crosses is a religious emblem are just like the people who claim to see the face of Jesus or the Vrigin Mary in a piece of toast, a tree, a concrete wall, or some other object. They are seeing things that are not really there, projecting their own fantasies and claiming an intent that does not exist. God did NOT intend to put Mary's face on a tree down on 8th South in Salt Lake, and the Highway Patrol did NOT intend to make drivers think about Jesus out on a lonely highway where an officer was shot on duty.

skeptic
Phoenix, AZ

Why not put a cross on the school grounds of every school were a dead school teacher worked. The proper place to give mounuments of recognition and honor to the dead is in the cementeries not on the public roads. It seems many use the dead as a way to promote their religion. Keep state and religion seperate.

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