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

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Colorado Springs, CO

The laws are here only because you have the freedom of speech earn by the faith of the United States Military and it's Veterans. The laws support all sides. The Ten Commandments are the base of all law. Deal with that a while.

Rocket Science
Brigham City, UT

The State should sell a reasonable square footage of land where the crosses are for the going rate of real estate to a group who will then own the land and maintain the memorial privately.

Provo, UT

We won this battle. Just take the crosses down. The side of the roads is NOT a graveyard. Build your memorials in the graveyards. Knock yourselves out putting up religious symbols in those graveyards. Leave the public highways alone. The Supreme Court has spoken. Honor and obey the law, for crying out loud.

It is finished. Move on. Stop wasting everyone's time and money dragging this out. Your religious fanaticism is backfiring. People are leaving religion in larger numbers than ever before because you go too far. Stop already. Enough. You lost. Get over it.

Sydney, NSW

@Clarissa "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."

I agree it is a shame. However, it is, unfortunately, necessary.

Religious people demonstrate time and time again that they are not satisfied just following their own chosen religion, but invariably they attempt to force others to live by their religious doctrines as well.

I put before you for your consideration religious lobby groups who seek to influence the law of the land according to various religious doctrines on issues such as abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research, exemptions to anti-discrimination laws, proselytizing in elementary schools, the army, etc. I could go on indefinitely.

If religious people just followed their own rules without insisting that everyone else follow them as well, we wouldn't have to resort to such ridiculously draconian measures as disclaimers on crosses, and a remorselessly secular government.

In other words, give you and inch and you'll take a mile. So we can't give you an inch, sorry.

Steve C. Warren

Many readers insist that a roadside cross should be viewed as a symbol of death, not as a symbol of Christianity.

This means that when we go to a cemetery and see a cross, the message of the cross is that the fellow in the grave is dead. Otherwise, we might be unsure and perhaps even suspect that he is carrying on a secret life underground. (Some people will do anything to avoid taxes.) When we come to a Star of David at a gravesite, we recognize that the person was Jewish, but we really don't know if he is dead because there is no cross to indicate death.

The fact that most gravesites have no cross suggests one thing: There may be large numbers of undead in our cemeteries.

Let's excavate. If we discover a subterranean population of undead, we could tax them and pay off the deficit.

Williams, AZ

I disagree with some of the comments posted. I have lost several fellow officer and they have cross to show honor and the love we have for the fellow officers who gave their life for the people they sever. i am tried of the Aetheists calling a cross has any other meaning than to honor a fallen officer. Maybe these aetheists need to call on themselves the next time they have a crime, or an accident and leave other Aethiests handle it. Maybe move to another country were there is no cross or christian.

Let's be real
Salt Lake City, UT

Atheist attorney(s): You got what you wanted which was money making publicity. Now, get your head out of the sand and realize that others have rights in the US also. Its time to let this go. Take off to the gym or something to relieve the tension.


I wonder when he's gona go after the organizations responsible for installing power lines....

Seriously tho, the act of respecting the dead in any manner by placing any marker to remember the individual has been handed down from almost every religion.

Clearfield, UT

National Cemetary truth:

Since 1996, Wiccans and others had approached the VA asking that the Wiccan pentacle be added to their "list of allowable religious symbols". They stonewalled for over a decade. Finally, the VA was faced with a lawsuit to force them to comply with the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which requires that no government law or regulation infringe on the separation of church and state. Rather than fight a lawsuit that everyone knew they would lose, the VA caved in and authorized use of the symbol in 2007.

Crosses in National Cemetaries exist along side other religious and non-religious markers including atheism so the argument about crosses in national cemetary or nation owned cemetaries needing removed because of this lawsuit is unsupported by reality. Most religious and non-religious beliefs are represented with a marker that represents that particuliar deceased belief or religion if possible. Shoot down that argument!

It would have made a lot more sense to design a "Utah State Trooper" memorial that could be used for ALL troopers both past, present, and future because it would represent the troopers and not a specific belief like these crosses clearly represent.

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