Because that seems to be the assumption Greg Zanis was making when he put 12 crosses up on behalf of the victims of the shooting in Colorado:
“These crosses are [for] them,” Zanis said of the families. “We love them. We are not going to pretend we know what you are going through, but we wanted to represent your children.”
Zanis used to run an organization called Crosses for Losses, but it was unclear whether that was still in tact Sunday. He has put up little white crosses in other places marked by tragedy over the past ten years, including outside a Wisconsin hotel in 2005 where a man killed seven others at a church service.
This doesn’t even consider whether or not the crosses are on public property, but if any of these victims weren’t Christian — and we don’t know if they were or not — it’s just adding insult to injury for their families, no matter how good the intentions were.
At the very least, I find it hard to believe the six-year-old who died had made up her mind about Jesus just yet.
And if you think I’m being insensitive for even bringing this up, what would the reaction have been if someone put up Muslim or atheist symbols in their honor instead? Maybe there are better ways to honor the victims than by claiming them for your faith.