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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 16 2011 4:00 p.m. MST

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Midvale, UT

Brian Barnard needs to find something more useful to do with his life. This is utterly ridiculous! I don't drive down the freeway, see a cross and say . . . "hey, I feel like Utah is forcing me to be christian. I'm offended."

Barnard needs to go back to his own state.

Brotherly Kindness

"But Barnard said that also had been tried in other states, and purchasing 'postage stamp sized pieces of land' also would not work. 'A private plot of land in the middle of government land still gives the impression of government support,' he said."

Mr. Bernard, you are too worried about impressions to care about the will of the people and the rule of law. If the law says they have to be on private land, then who are you to tell the people of the state of Utah how that land is to be allotted? Please stop wasting the tax payers' money on frivolous litigation.

Layton, UT

How sad that a small minority of people feel that they have the right to destroy something that has great personal importance to some people. The law may be on their 'side,' but just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should. I hope they can find some way to preserve the crosses. If the group who is against this really wants my respect, they should offer to pay to replace the memorials with something that would not 'offend' their beliefs to show respect for these great people who died so tragically.

Al Thepal
Salt Lake City, UT

So let me get this straight... apparently atheists can push their beliefs (or lack thereof) off on to others, but Christian families cannot choose to have their loved ones who died heroically and tragically honored in the manner that is meaningful to them. No one is trying to push Christian beliefs off on to these atheists. They are welcome to not believe in God if they are so inclined. But this is just absurd and wrong what this group of atheists are doing.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The story notes that Utah has paid $300,000 in legal fees already. Mostly to Mr. Barnard, the "community organizer" for the perpetually offended. This is a very lucrative racket for those folks, and although they may win cases, they are still just flat wrong in their campaign to deny a small token of respect and appreciation for fallen law enforcement officers.

I hope that this prolonged, tort torture process will cause the Legislature to change our laws so that "loser pays" will dampen the enthusiasm for filing frivolous lawsuits like this.

By the way, the sight of an atheist's lawyer deeply offends me as a symbol of state supported anti-religion. Can I sue and win a jackpot like they do?

Jerome, ID

So, what of the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial honoring the American soldiers who died in Europe in WWII? It is an American cemetery, operated by the American government, with Congressional financial support, where the American flag flies, since it is soil granted to the United States of America by France.

Have you seen the moving tribute there? Nine thousand, three hundred eighty-seven crosses and stars of David in neat rows honoring our soldiers who died making the world a better place. Is that Barnard's next target? Go ahead and try it. There are some things that are worth fighting for and I for one believe that this is one of them.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Don't get this wrong. I fully support the crosses. But instead of wasting time and money pushing this, why not alter the cross by sawing off the horizontal pieces and replace it with a replica of a trooper's badge?

Oh, I know that would be surrendering. But is this all really worth it?

Phoenix, AZ

Constructing any type of memmorial to a dead person beside the roadways is a bad idea. If it is a privilage for one group, it should be the same privilage for all groups or individuals and soon the roadways will look like cemetaries. There should be more action removing adverdisement from the roadways; not adding to the distraction. There are proper places to honor and place monuments to the dead, but it is not beside the public roadways.

Colorado Springs, CO

What religion does a cross represent? When I see a cross to me it represents death. Then any monuments along city, county, state and federal street or highways from any religion would be illegal. The cross has been place where people have passed away. Therefore the cross doesn't denote any religion. How many of Utah Peace Officers that have passed away in the line of duty are LDS? The Church hasn't any kind of symbol. If a poll were place at where a death has occurred with the person name on it. What religion would that be? The cross has been use since before Christ. I guess these people who bring this before the courts don't ever pass away. Here again is a minority of people who think they can act as authority and violate the majority.

Salt Lake City, UT

Comply with the court ruling. Trying to find a sneaky way around it will only result in more wasteful spending. Most insulting are the people who say "Yes, its a cross, but not a religious cross." or "Just pretend its not a cross!"
It's a religious symbol. Everyone knows it is. The courts know it is.
Replace them with a non-denominational memorial.

Farmington, UT

If you give a mouse a cookie, he's gunna want some milk....

Salt Lake City, UT


Orem, Utah

Groups like American Atheists and the ACLU are ridiculous. When they win a ruling they go to court to have the organization they sued pay their legal fees, or when an organization tries to get around their suit they threaten with more litigation and we the taxpayers pay their legal fees. It is time for the state legislature to get involved and pass laws that will stand up to challenges from the minority and also not let them trample on the religious rights I have guaranteed to me in the Constitution. I am tired of having we the taxpayers paying for frivolous lawsuits which violate my constitutional rights.

Beaverton, OR

This whole thing is so stupid! Enough!

Don't we have better things to worry about than memorials on the side of the road?

Park City, Ut

Brian Barnard is fighting for your rights! Do some research on this group who has been pushing the crosses in Utah and other states, you'll see their goal is simple to "secularize" the cross, not to honor our fallen heroes. They just found an agency in Utah willing to allow them to our public lands for their cause. You start allowing religion and government to mix, which is the ultimate goal of this group, and most of you may find your churches and religious liberties outlawed. Think about it! These people want undeserved political power, we fought this in the 1700's remember! We didn't want a theocracy, we wanted democracy! Tell these guys to put the crosses on private property, not our property! If we want to honer our fallen heroes, I can think of a myriad of ways to do it w/o putting religious symbols on public lands! Do I get to come put a crescent moon and star/or star of David symbol in the park strip in front of your house? NO! Why allow this dubious Christian group to put up crosses up and down our highways!?

Colorado Springs, CO

Roman history teaches us the use of the cross came long before the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross. That was the preferred way of death in the Roman Empire. The United States Constitution grants the right of religious freedom. That doesn't mean others can tramp under foot those freedoms. Groups like American Atheists and the ACLU are anti everything seeking to destroy the rights of the people. Which is also a form of religion.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

One old man has a valid solution. Here's another: Just saw off the top of the post above the horizontal piece, making them into a T. I know of no religion the uses the letter T as a symbol.

Although I support the honoring of fallen troopers I detest all the other roadside-makeshift memorials such as small crosses, balloons, flowers, and Christmas trees placed where supposedly somebody of the general populace has had a family member die. Those things need to be taken down the same hour they are put up. Where's Mr. Barnard and his employer when those things go up?

Colorado Springs, CO

ParkCityAggie crescent moon and star/or star of David symbol. You can find both of these symbols on head stones at city, county, states and national cemeteries. That is all government properties own by the citizen of this country. But I don't see the lawsuits in court over all the cemeteries owned by and managed by the governments but I do see the Ten Commandants remove from Courthouses around the USA. ACLU is involve with taking down those. So why doesn't the ACLU and the Supreme Court remove all religious symbols from every building in Washington D.C.?

The Atheist
Provo, UT

The law is the law, and we atheists have the law on our side. deal with it.

South Jordan, UT

The Aetheists are such a small percentage of the minority. My father is one of the names on the memorials. It's ridiculous to most so leave it alone.

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