Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Doug Wright held a Town Hall Meeting about the controversy surrounding the UHP memorial crosses at the Utah Highway Patrol building in Murray in Wednesday, November 16, 2011.

What a shame our country's liberties are being run over by atheists ("State agencies ask UHPA to remove crosses," Dec. 14). Now atheists have won over Utah courts, affecting memorial crosses placed to honor fallen UHP officers.

They convinced the court that the "memorials suggest state endorsement of Christianity." If that's true, so what? "Endorsement" is an approval. That means government says, "Yes, you, the people, are permitted to do that," free to put up crosses, non-Christian Stars of David or any other religious symbol. That action is not "making a law respecting an establishment of religion" and is therefore constitutional.

Two other First Amendment rights also come into play: freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion. The placement of memorials by volunteers and families are expressions of these guaranteed freedoms. The government making a law/ruling calling for removal of any religious symbol and the prohibition of religious symbols displayed on public property is essentially state establishment of anti-religion — atheism. That violates the First Amendment on three clauses: establishment, free exercise and speech and is unconstitutional.

Stephen Fish

Cedar City