For some bizarre reason, the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota thought it would be a great idea to put Christian messages on the blades of their snowplows and had students from local Christian schools paint them on there. Now they’re having to paint over them after an atheist group complained about them.
Students at Lutheran High School and Sioux Falls Lutheran School painted the plow blades for the city’s Paint the Plows program. One blade included the words “Jesus Christ” and the other “Happy Birthday Jesus.”
The Siouxland Freethinkers complained, saying religious messaging doesn’t belong on publicly owned vehicles, including snow plows.
“If I painted a plow that said, ‘There is no god,’ I think people would be very, very upset about that,” spokeswoman Amanda Novotny told the Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/1pECKSJ ).
Lutheran High School Principal Derek Bult said he was upset when he learned students had to redecorate the blade or it wouldn’t be used on a plow. He said the students put a lot of time and effort into their original design, and he wonders about their right to free speech.
Imagine that, a school principal who has no idea what free speech means. Those students do, of course, have every right to advocate their beliefs, but they do not have any “right” to have them painted on government property. I don’t know why this is so difficult to understand. And as usual, what is really going on here is the desire of many Christians to piss all over their property. The government is theirs, not ours, so they’re marking it.