October 10, 2017
If I may, I would like to add my voice to the conversation about the Bayview Cross lawsuit. Based on the legal logic of the ones who want to remove the cross, its presence demonstrates the government’s endorsement of the Christian faith. So they want the government to remove it. Thus, clearly demonstrating that the government does not endorse the Christian faith. End of story. Well, not really.
If the City government, representing the good people of Pensacola, is forced to do this, the gnarly law of unintended consequences goes into effect. Consider this, using the same legal logic referenced above. The removal of the cross, an overt, though legally forced action by our local government, to make a statement about the endorsement of a religion, is itself an endorsement of a religion. Consider this:
1. The removal of the symbol of Christianity, or any other religious symbol, makes the statement that our government endorses atheism, no God, and no symbol. To take this action simply replaces one faith for another. Every bit as much a statement, and using the same logic, just as wrong.
2. An alternate solution I am sure must have been considered is to leave the cross and welcome the addition of the symbols of other faiths. This too, is in itself, an endorsement of a religion—Polytheism, the belief in many gods. This action, using the same logic, would also be a statement by our government, and, just as wrong.
In short, taking down a symbol of faith which supposedly implies governmental endorsement, and leaving none in its place, or adding the symbols of other faiths, only serves to establish a different faith now endorsed by our government.
Thus, the only reasonable, logical, and perhaps, legal solution is to leave the cross. In this way
• To the average, informed citizen of Pensacola the cross will be an historical symbol of our founding as the first settlement with the first Christian worship in the new world.
• To Christians it will remain as the symbol of our faith in the crucified, buried, and resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.
• To the indifferent and uninformed, it will be a landmark, as in, “you know, the park with the big cross.”
I’d like to hear what you think. Send me a response.