When you look at all the fighting going on in the Middle East between radicalized denominations of various religions, going on for literally thousands of years, you must appreciate what our constitution says at the very beginning:
Amendment IDo you wonder why people who are not religious, become offended when an organized church plants their religious symbols on public property, which is paid for by taxes, paid also by non-religious people?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Would you get offended if a business put up a billboard or a company logo on the front of your court house, public library or state capitol building?
What's more insulting is that churches responsible for putting their religious symbols on public property, are tax-exempt. Their symbols on public property is by default political, so they should start paying taxes.
Planting your flag on territory not your own is an act of aggression. Planting religious symbols on public, tax-supported property is an insult to military service members whose duty is to "protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, against all enemies, foreign and domestic."
What others say about this issue:
- Pew Research Center: Religious Displays and the Courts
- Libertarian Jew: Religious Displays on Public Property
- R. I. Future: Progress Report: Religious Symbols on Public Property in RI, Curt Schilling’s Fib, Local Journalism
- FM 105.5 Wall Street Business Network: Chapel stirs up controversy in small Oklahoma college town
- ACLU: OPEN LETTER REGARDING RELIGIOUS DISPLAY AT GRANT PARISH COURTHOUSE
- The Texas Tribune: "Merry Christmas" Officially Okay in Texas Public Schools