Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Atheist Lawsuit And Utah

Today's Utah Policy included a link to Jackalope Pursuivant who pointed out that Mormons don't use the cross as a religious symbol. I've been thinking along those same lines recently and think that while the legal arguments are surely compelling on both sides, we should remember that this situation exists in a specific context. That context is 2005 Utah. What does it mean when a community dominated by Mormonism puts up a cross as a memorial? What does it mean if a cross is used as a memorial for a Mormon officer?

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

odd ... yet ... strange.

12/13/2005 09:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Logan said...

The point made is an interesting one, but I think it can even go further.

The Mormon Church does not use the cross in the same public context as other churches. This is a fact. The interesting point is that Mormons respect the fact that the symbol of the cross is put up to remember someone and the fact that they gave their life in public service. It shows that there is a tolerance and diversity that exists in Utah.

If a cross is used as a memorial for a mormon officer then that is just what it is....a memorial.

12/14/2005 12:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does it mean when a community dominated by Mormonism puts up a cross as a memorial?

It means it's time to get funk-ayyy

12/14/2005 04:07:00 PM  
Blogger Joseph Smith, Jr. said...

Interesting blog. Enjoyed reading it.

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Joseph Smith Jr.
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