This week, we saw a roadside cross taken down in Lake Elsinore, California. It was placed there nearly two years ago in honor of a young man who died in that location — and was kept there because 1) no one had the heart to tell the mother she had to remove it and 2) city officials appeared willing to bend their own rules about public signage for a Christian cross…
After the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent the city council a letter warning them about the possible legal consequences for “selective enforcement of its signage ordinance,” the cross was finally taken down by the young man’s family.
Almost immediately after the large cross was removed, in a sort of silent protest, two residents of the city, Emily Johnson and her father Doug, went to the scene to install several smaller crosses:
The Johnsons’ crosses were painted with statements such as “What if this was your child?” and “Ever heard the phrase, ‘To each his own?’”
“They said they have to take that one down,” said Doug Johnson. “But they didn’t say anything about putting another one up.”
The article doesn’t actually tell you the full statements on some of the crosses, nor does it include the grammar on the signs… so I will. (And I’m not making this up.)
WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR FREEDOM
WHAT IF THIS WAS YOUR CHILD?!?!
EVER HEARD THE PHRASE… TO EACH HIS OWN?!!! DOES THIS BOTHER YOU??? LOOK THE OTHER WAY!!
PEOPLE SUCK!!! GET A LIFE!!!
You can see those photos here. The Johnsons clearly have no clue about the legal nature of this problem. They wrongly think this is some heartless attack on a grieving woman because I gather they never bothered to check up on the facts of the case.
All the vitriol over the cross removal has been directed at the American Humanist Association, but these replacement crosses are far more offensive to Anthony Devaney‘s memory than anything the Humanists did. Where’s the backlash against these people who are using an unfortunate controversy to advance their own agenda?
I hope the Devaney family can create a different memorial in their home or at their church, one that focuses on how Anthony lived instead of where he died. And let’s see how quickly the Lake Elsinore City Council removes these distraction crosses; at this point, there should be no reason for a delay.