Let's Attack this giant cross project in Missouri!

Christina here…

So, apparently in my home state of Missouri, in Branson (which is basically like Vegas for Ned Flanders) city developers recently approved plans to build a cross so big, you can go inside of it and ride an elevator to the top.

Despite this cross being on private land and having nothing to do with religious displays on public land, Fox News chose to take a swipe at the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the ACLU in their report of this new development:

Public symbols of Christianity are under attack around the nation, but not in Branson, Mo., where county officials have approved a 200-foot cross that will rival American icons like the Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge, according to its developer.

Public symbols of Christianity on publicly-owned land are unconstitutional. This is why people sue to remove them. This thing is on private land.

Elsewhere in the nation, like in Woonsocket, R.I., public displays of Christianity are under fire. A national atheist organization is demanding that the city remove a cross from a 91-year-old memorial honoring hometown soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their county.

Although the memorial has stood in the parking lot of the Woonsocket fire station for decades with no complaints, the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation began last month calling for it to be stripped of the cross that sits atop it, claiming it violates the First Amendment’s freedom of religion clause. The group also wants the Woonsocket Fire Department to remove “The Firefighter’s Prayer” and a picture of an angel from its website.

See, there is a difference between a “public display” and a “public display on public land”.  I guess that distinction is not quite comprehensible?

The Fox reporter goes on to report about the details of the cross – it will be built on privately owned land – and spends the rest of the article talking about how elsewhere, public displays of Christianity are “under fire”.

See, we’re not going to oppose this cross because the cross is not on public land. This is pretty simple.  Go ahead and build your cross – since it’s free to visit, I’ll probably take a ride to the top to check out the view next time I am in Flandervegas.

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  • http://iamaperture.wordpress.com Zinc Avenger

    Where are they going to get a 200 foot Jesus to nail to it?

    • Makoto

      Wait, wait, I’ve got it!

      1) Cut up the Shroud of Turin looking for trace DNA that can be sequenced together
      2) Use stem cells to stimulate the growth of the sequenced DNA
      3) Contact a cloning lab

      They’d have to do some experimentation for turning off genes limiting growth and such, but hey, this way they could make a bunch and pin a new one up every Easter.

      • IslandBrewer

        That was the plot of a Star Trek:TNG! Except with the Klingon version of Jesus. And instead of being martyred, he wanted to go around and do battle, or something.

      • Jim B

        Whatever DNA they could recover from it, do you think the Catholics who believe this fraud will be put off by the fact that it will have 23 pairs of chromosomes, instead of 23 solo chromosomes?

        • Makoto

          Oh, I’m sure they’d find some explanation for it, same way they convince themselves it’s real.

          I seem to recall one group saying you couldn’t trust carbon dating on the shroud because of the radiation emitted when Jesus rose from the dead or something (because we all know how much radiation is emitted when that happens, right?).. if they can twist their thoughts that far, they won’t worry about simple problems like chromosome counts.

  • Mriana

    Oo! Oo! Oo! I’m in! Just swing by and pick me up and we’re good to go. :) So what’s the plan? Tear the eyesore down?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1698151270 John-Henry Beck

    Hmm. I guess I should have been paying more attention. I thought I’d heard it was on private land. Which would just mean an eyesore to tolerate.

  • Michael

    The artist rendering is fantastic. I hope it looks exactly like the picture!

  • LeftSidePositive

    Remember, that pesky little First Amendment that they use to build it is exactly the same First Amendment we can use to mock it mercilessly!!

  • TheMongoose

    The view from the top should be amazing, because 1) It’s 200 feet up and 2) you won’t see the cross anywhere!

    If they build it like that drawing, they have to have speakers everywhere, playing that “ah-ah-ahhhh” angelic choral music when you walk up the steps.

    Although I half expected it to be an animated gif with a Monty Python Foot splatting it…

  • ‘Tis Himself

    Fox would lie in the weather report if they thought they could sneer at non-neocons.

  • Paul Coyne

    I wonder how it would be reported if someone built (on private land of course) an upside-down cross 200 feet high.

  • Wolfhound

    That article was so awesomely fair and balanced!

  • Randomfactor

    This thing will never be built, of course. Any more than the Ark Park. But it’ll draw the suckers’ money like a collection plate.

  • cag

    Does this mean that we have to raise funds for a 200 foot middle finger?

  • http://home.conservativebabylon.com Buffy

    How vulgar. Didn’t their god say something about graven images? Not that they ever actually obey that book anyway.

  • Drivebyposter

    Well every Vegas wannabe needs horribly gaudy shit for dumbasses to be dazzled by.

  • Dave, the Kwisatz Haderach

    No no no, you’re all missing it. This is brilliant! See its actually a subversive attempt to put off the second coming. When Jebus comes back to earth (he’s coming to America first obviously), the first thing he’ll see is a massive empty cross just waiting for him. He’ll get so scared that he’ll turn right around and bolt so we can’t nail him back up there.

    See, clever eh? What we need to do is get the land next door and weld up a giant hammer and some huge nails, maybe a big sign saying “Come on back Jebus, we’re ready for you this time.” That outta show the bastard we mean business.

  • Chrissetti

    Wow, that thing is ugly. When I read this at first I imagined a sleek tapered white cross with perhaps a glass window to give you a view as you rode the left to the top. At the bottom would be a modern, glass church and visitor centre. At least that would be tasteful, rather than the gaudy, faux-classical monstrosity they want to build.

    Once upon a time when the religious set to work trying to poke their god in the eye, they did it with awe-inspiring architecture like Cologne or Vienna’s cathedrals — where has the magic gone, guys?

  • Anonymous

    Jesus would be very proud of them for creating a big cross. No wait. No he wouldn’t. This is just idolatry.

    Poor Jesus, if he did return would be disgusted at just how dense his so-called followers are and how much they don’t get his message.