There is seriously a foundation called freedom from religion and they go around bothering old monuments? I am sure there is something better to do with your time; get a life!
Then stop forcing your religion on others.
Shame on you for even thinking of removing this memorial. These men fought for our freedom and have been over looked for far to long.
What about teh non-Christians that fought? Isn't this memorial ignoring them?
Gays weren't allowed in yet, so there goes that argument. Yes Susan one signature will make a difference because it's followed by another one signature. As someone said don't forget this country was built on the backs of veterans.
What about the non-Christian veterans? Shouldn't they be included?
Either love this country with all of it's religious memorials and our freedoms to express our love and appreciation for those who have fought for these freedoms or take the first plane to Afghanistan and join the other God haters!
So forget about the Constitution and kick out all the non-Christians?
Chip God Away One Day At A Time
This is another disgrace. Call your members of Congress. Get involved...
Military Academy may drop the phrase SO HELP ME GOD
Not every American is Christian. I don't care if you worship your god, but don't force others to do so under the guise of patriotism. A non-Christian can serve our country as well as any.
I think it matters more that it honors the vets, not a particular religion. Freedom From Religion appear to be a kind of hate group from their actions. What do the VETS think about this memorial? Do THEY feels honored by it? I think that's ALL that matters.
Then remove the cross and replace it with one that doesn't favor Christianity. What's the problem with that? Do you think that non-Christian vets feel that this memorializes them?
What kind of country removes memorials to fallen soldiers. I don't give a crap what a few atheists think. It's time for majority rule. Stop catering to a couple nut jobs trying to destroy the values of this country.
Excuse me! I'm an athiest and I don't agree with your vet memorial being removed, so please stop saying this is about athiests!! It has nothing to do with that and contrary to what some people think, I know of several athiests that are great people that would give you the shirt off their back and die for you so quit with the disrespectful remarks please.
Cecelia Smith, all 72,000 thousands of the freedom agaisnt Religion members are Athiest, they are the ones causing this!!! you can't blame people for being upset!!!!
The US also doesn't recognize mob rule.
David Lohr, I so agree and I ask why is another group's wishes more important than the supporters of this monument, 'sides those flipping idiots couldn't speak their wishes if not for those who fought for their freedom including those fallen.
Your right Patrick. The US doesn't recognize mob rule so why would the US recognize anti Christian bullies like yourself and those of your kind.
And GET A LIFE!
How will your last resting place be marked. Or will your people just dig a hole and kick you in or maybe just take your remains to the garbage dump and run you over with a bulldozer.
Jean, please try to control your emotions. We are having a discussion. In addition, please review the Constitution before firing off misguided, knee-jerk responses.
We spend thousands of dollars protecting other monuments of others who were in the movies, or did this or did that, BUT, IT IS UNCOMPREHENSIBLE, THAT CONGRESS, WOULD JUST STAND BY, AND ALLOW THE TEARING DOWN, OF MONUMENTS, OF THE BRAVE MEN AND WEMAN, FROM GENERATIONS, TO GENERATIONS, THAT HAVE FOUGHT, AND DIED, SO THAT YOU AND I COULD SET HERE TODAY, AND FREELY SET HERE, AND LIVE IN THE GREAT LAND, AND EXPRESS, OUR VEWS, LIVE, IN THIS GREAT LAND, FREE, THEY GAVE THEIR LIFE, AND ARE STILL...
We spend thousands of dollars protecting other monuments of others who were in the movies, or did this or did that, BUT, IT IS UNCOMPREHENSIBLE, THAT CONGRESS, WOULD JUST STAND BY, AND ALLOW THE TEARING DOWN, OF MONUMENTS, OF THE BRAVE MEN AND WEMAN, FROM GENERATIONS, TO GENERATIONS, THAT HAVE FOUGHT, AND DIED, SO THAT YOU AND I COULD SET HERE TODAY, AND FREELY SET HERE, AND LIVE IN THE GREAT LAND, AND EXPRESS, OUR VEWS, LIVE, IN THIS GREAT LAND, FREE, THEY GAVE THEIR LIFE, AND ARE STILL GIVING THEIR LIFE. WOULD YOU PLEASE, STAND WITH ME, SO OUR GRANDCHILDREN, AND THEIR CHILDREN, WILL HAVE THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE, AND TO REMEMBER, THE PRICE THAT WAS PAID, FOR THEM.
Congress is not free to violate the US Constitution.
What the hell is wrong with this organziation? Didn't, doesn't, any of them know someone who served, is serving, to protect our freedom? I'd be real tempted to smack one of these people in the face but then that's assault. I am far from a violent person, but having had three generations in the marines, this is totally unacceptable.
Sometimes it is necessary to remind people that memorials should reflect the values of the people that died for the cause and not the selfish narrow minded pig headed ideas of mental midgets that hate decency.
@Eileen Dillon, it was veterans that filed this complaint because this symbol doesn't represent their service or values. Try to avoid making assumptions about all servicemen and women. Not all of them are Christian or recognize the Christian cross. "To protect our freedom" includes people who are not Christians as well.
Perhaps I did not read this well enough. I fully agree with you about the fact that this should be all inclusive.
I just have one question, what do they think is placed at the head of each grave at Arlington Cemetery, the flag? If the cross is acceptable on the graves, then why is not acceptable on the memorial.
Exactly, I agree with you.
This religious symbol is at a public park and is not a private grave.
At Arlington, or an cemetery, a grave marker represents the individual buried there. That person had the right to declare any religious affiliation and have that be represented on their grave marker. A memorial is not a grave, and does not represent one individual's personal choice of religious symbolism. It is supposed to represent ALL veterans who served there, not just the ones who identify with the cross.
What do the veterans say about it? Does the cross bother the wounded, the broken or the dead?
I am starting to believe, after listening to this debate go back and forth, that the only people in this country who should be allowed a vote on any matter are the veterans of this country - the rest of the country seems to be rapidly approaching a level of pettiness and stupidity that makes me wonder if any of you are worth our time and the sacrifices we've made for this country on your behalf. Any monument is a good monument and a pretty cheap and easy way to say thank you, don't you...
I am starting to believe, after listening to this debate go back and forth, that the only people in this country who should be allowed a vote on any matter are the veterans of this country - the rest of the country seems to be rapidly approaching a level of pettiness and stupidity that makes me wonder if any of you are worth our time and the sacrifices we've made for this country on your behalf. Any monument is a good monument and a pretty cheap and easy way to say thank you, don't you think? In the end, the lesson from any monument is very simple, remember those who actually paid for decisions made by those you elected, and count the actual cost in men and money before you make a similar choice in the future. Don't go around kicking over what someone else has built; if it offends you, build one in your own design, send your own version of the message. Life is offensive, but not as offensive as you people wasting your life on matters that are of no real consequence. Build a better monument, right beside any you don't like, or take the word freedom out of the name of your group because you have corrupted the very concept to fit a personal agenda built from too much time on the internet and not enough time in the real world.