The Cross! The Flag! My Eyes! My Offended Eyes! – UPDATED: Franciscan Responds

Fond as she is of Egregious Twaddle, Joanne finds some more and she sounds a little fed up.:

City officials agreed Tuesday night to change the city logo after a Madison, Wis., organization threatened legal action.

Law Director S. Gary Repella announced the decision following a 15-minute closed-door meeting with City Council members. “We will be approaching Mark Nelson of Nelson Fine Art and Gifts and asking him to redesign the city logo to remove the cross and silhouette of the Christ the King Chapel on the Franciscan University of Steubenville campus.,” said Repella. “We were contacted in May by the Freedom from Religion Foundation Inc. in Madison, Wis., who said one of our citizens had complained about the city logo.

Got that? “One of our citizens complained…”

I wonder what would happen if a bunch of other citizens, um…complained back.

Writes Joanne:

Forget that the silhouette of the Franciscan University chapel with its hideously offensive cross, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, makes up only about a quarter of the city’s logo, or that the University is one of the city’s biggest employers and contributors to the local economy. Budgets are tight, and it’s cheaper, they think, to knuckle under to bullies than to defend the lawsuits the bullies are using instead of brass knuckles these days.

To see the offensive image (and for the rest of Joanne’s rant) go here

Deacon Greg, who is a mild chap and not at all the activist-type, has put his hand to his forehead over this. He points out that this flag must give people fits of the vapors, then

UPDATE: Franciscan Responds — they go Groucho and say “I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member”. It’s an excellent response. (H/T Shana)

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  • ahem

    So many crosses, so little time.

    The complainants are not atheists—who don’t care one way or the other—they’re Marxists, and they must be opposed. Their toxic ideas have done enough damage already.

  • Michael

    Interesting that they call themselves, Freedom From Religion and not Freedom of Religion which is what I thought was guranteed by the Constitution. Did the FFs really want a country free FROM religion? I think not, but apparently, this s what we have devolved to. Also too bad that the city fathers of Steubenville dont have the courage tat out FFs had. Heck, if it really comes down to their fear of the cost of a lawsuit, start a FB page or another site as i have no problem putting my money where my mouth is. In fact, I wouldnt be shocked in Steubenville found themselves afloat in cash once the average citizen so this nonsnse. Oy vey!

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  • Peggy Hagen

    It isn’t the controversy. It’s that the controversy has been ginned up, tempest-in-teapot style, by people who don’t give a **** about Steubenville – and now that they have their petty, tinpot dictator victory, will happily forget all about it, having neither thought nor cared about the real and systemic problems in the city. By that article, they (“we”, once) can’t even fund their own police department, along with a whole list of economic woes. But what matters, what will REALLY improve people’s lives, is changing the logo to exclude the one institution that’s keeping the town alive!

  • Manny

    It doesn’t surprise me any more. I don’t know for a fact, but I’m willing to bet it’s people on the left side of the political divide that instigate this sort of thing and give into it. How any religious person can support the anti-religious left any more is beyond me.

  • Peggy Hagen

    Oh – . Right.

  • CV

    Gee wonder what would happen if “one citizen” of San Francisco complained. Or Corpus Christi TX? How about St. Augustine FL or Sacramento. Santa Barbara or San Diego? The insensitivity is staggering!

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  • Eric

    Reminds me of a quote I just read from Ken Keyes, “more suffering comes into the world by people taking offense than by people intending to give offense”.

  • Roz Smith

    Groucho’s response is only appropriate to membership in private organizations. It is completely inappropriate here unless Christians wish to completely retire from civic life, which is exactly what these militant atheists wish to see happen. The proper response is to loudly protest that on all possible scales Franciscan University has done far more for Stuebenville Ohio than the contributions of all the militant atheists in the area, Therefore the cross and silhouette of the Christ the King Chapel stays.

  • LisaB

    The city of Steubenville will need to come up with a new tagline, too.
    “Where you always find a welcome” no longer applies.