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Mar 28 2013

FFRF protests cross in Coos Bay park

Vietnam War Cross in Coos Bay, Oregon, as shown in this March 20, 2013 report.

“An atheist group is trying to force the city of Coos Bay, Oregon to take down a cross that serves to honor Vietnam War heroes, because they say, the monument is on public property and so violates the separation between Church and state.” Read more at:

http://global.christianpost.com/news/atheists-demand-cross-monument-for-vietnam-war-dead-in-oregon-be-taken-down-92651/ .

Permanent link to this article: http://www.corvallissecular.org/2013/03/28/ffrf-protests-cross-in-coos-bay-park/

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  1. Jay Madison

    The thing should come down for a number of reasons – The cross, the fact that the inscription only acknowledges the “men” who gave their lives in the war, and that it refers to the “Vietnamese War”.

    Whoever is responsible for this abomination should pull it out of there and try again. Maybe they’d get it right the second time around.

  2. Robert Neary

    I sent my personal letter off to the Coos Bay City manager yesterday saying I supported replacing the monument with one that honors ALL veterans regardless of their religious, or none, preferences. – R

  3. KIETH BATY

    HOW CAN A FEW PEOPLE DICTATE HOW THE REST OF US LIVE—THE CROSS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CHURCH AND STATE! IT HAS TO DO WITH HONORING THE VIETNAM WAR HEROES, IT WOULD BIG MISTAKE TO REMOVE A CROSS THAT HAS BEEN THERE FOR MEANY YEARS, WHAT WOULD THE WAR HEROES THAT ARE REPUSENTED BY THIS SYMBLE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT. OH THEY ARE DEAD THEY VOICE.

    1. Reed

      If the cross has nothing to do with religion, then clearly you wouldn’t mind if some OTHER symbol represented the Vietnam War heroes.

      How about a Star of David? There were lots of Jewish Vietnam War heroes, you know!

      How about a rifle? Or an outline of Vietnam itself?

      Ah, so it *DOES* matter that the symbol be a religious symbol — YOUR religious symbol.

      Well, that’s unconstitutional. No matter HOW long it’s been there…

      It’s the Christians who keep insisting on controlling how the “rest of us” live…

  4. John

    The cross on the Coos Bay memorial is the universal symbol of Christianity – of the Church. The park in which this memorial is found is the property of the public – the State. Hence the long-standing principle of the separation of “church” and “state,” or government and religion, is being violated. Government is required to be religiously neutral – neither favoring nor disfavoring religion. This is necessary so that all citizens can be treated equally by their government.

    While religion is divisive, Humanism seeks to be inclusive. This cross does not represent non-Christians, so it is exclusive and divisive. We feel it would be better if either the memorial were moved to private property, such as a churchyard, or be replaced with a memorial that is religiously neutral and thus inclusive.

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