Last month, we learned that Whitewater Memorial State Park in Liberty, Indiana was going to receive a large veterans memorial statue featuring a kneeling soldier next to a cross, all underneath a giant eagle:
That sculpture was designed by Dayle Lewis, who didn’t hide his faith on his website:
If you can imagine it, he can probably carve it. It is Dayle’s hope you will get as much joy from owning the carvings as he got from creating them. SMILE !!!!! For God Loves You The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life: of whom shall I be afraid? Psalms 27: 1-2
Now that the Freedom From Religion Foundation has stepped in by sending a letter to park officials requesting that the statue be removed, people are whining all over the place.
And it starts with Lewis, who it seems has very thin skin:
Lewis was quite proud of the statue that he spent at least 90 hours working on, until he read a negative online article posted by an atheist group in which anonymous commenters tore it apart.
“They were talking that it was hideous, the worst sculpture they ever seen; it (the soldier) looked like a farm boy with overalls and a bad haircut,” he said. “They were really ripping it.”
You guys… he’s talking about the comments you left on this site. You hurt the man’s precious feelings. (For his sake, he should probably never look at any of my other posts…)
Anyway, the Department of Natural Resources will soon decide whether or not the sculpture stays. It should be pretty simple since there’s no reason a Christian statue belongs at a state park. It belongs in a church. Where Sunday School students can try to outdo it.
(Portions of this article were posted earlier)