Last week, we learned that a war memorial outside the Boone County courthouse in Missouri had finally covered up the Jesus Fish symbol that had been there for 20 years:
The literal cover-up came in response to a letter Americans United For Separation of Church and State sent county officials back in May. Officials feared a losing lawsuit and decided it wasn’t a battle worth fighting.
Now, they may be changing their minds.
A dozen people spoke against the decision to cover the religious symbol at Thursday’s commission meeting. No one spoke in support of covering the ichthus. Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill said the commission would try to schedule a meeting within two weeks to reconsider the action. Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller said she preferred to wait until lawsuits against other governmental entities are decided before considering the matter.
Most of the speakers criticized the decision to cover the ichthus as disrespectful to the veterans for whom the memorial was erected in 1992 and their families.
There’s the crux of the issue right there. The people in Boone County just don’t give a damn about any veterans who aren’t Christian. Or they’re wrongly assuming every veteran believes in the same God as them. Whether it’s selfishness or ignorance, they have no business asking the government to promote Christianity on a monument. They are more than welcome to honor Christian veterans in their homes and churches.
(Image via Waymarking. Thanks to Brian for the link)