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QUESTION Religious liberty group says 'militant atheism' driving effort to remove cross

NEW YORK - Following pressure from two secular advocacy groups, a township in western Michigan is holding a public hearing over whether to remove a large cross on the shores of Lake Michigan honoring local explorer and Jesuit Father Jacques Marquette - an effort that one religious liberty group has criticized as another example of “militant atheism” in the United States.

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The father was a christian, so a cross might be an appropriate symbol to remember him by. Wh designed the memorial and what was their symbolic intent?

Dwight Level 7 Jan 8, 2018
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we have a church that rented their land to a telecom cell tower but had it made into a cross. huge 100 ft white cross right on the edge of the main entrance highway to toronto. medieval meets 21st century. so not good.

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Interesting point of view from religious Catholics who defend the cross as being part of American history. Why not erect a statue of the man Jacques Marquette? More accurate than a crucifix.

I was born and raised in the shadow of that Marquette cross. Part of the rhetoric for keeping the cross is that it is a local tradition whereas a statue would not be in keeping with that tradition. Another argument is that Marquette "requested" that a cross be erected where he was buried. Note that Marquette's remains were removed after two years for internment at St. Ignace so nobody is buried at the site in question. I think one of the reasons why a cross was put there instead of a statue is that it was way cheaper to erect a wooden cross (it was wood when I was a kid) than it was to build a statue. Note that the existing structure is not a "crucifix", it is a naked Latin cross...two and one half stories high with its sandstone base...lighted at night.

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Wah, wah, wah.

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