RELIGIOUS FREEDOM? OR GOVERNMENT ENDORSEMENT OF CHRISTIANITY?
The mayor of Seneca, S.C. says he won’t remove a cross embedded in a rock wall at a government-run water plant. The cross – placed at the plant in remembrance of a construction worker who died there – has come under fire from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation.
According to the group – which has previously targeted nearby Clemson University – the cross is a government sanctioning of Christianity.
“While I appreciate the concern that some may think this display to be an endorsement by a public body of a certain religion, it is my opinion that this memorial and remembrance to life lost, which is located at an operating facility behind a locked fence, unseen from public view, is anything but a religious endorsement,” mayor Dan Alexander told The Greenville (S.C.) News.
The cross honors Chuck Keeler, a worker who died from a fall at the facility during its construction.
Alexander’s decision was praised by the Palmetto Family Council … an evangelical advocacy organization based in Columbia, S.C.
“We want to take a moment and thank the Mayor of Seneca, Dan Alexander, for standing strong against inappropriate attacks on religious freedom,” the group’s leader, Oran Smith, said. “Mayor Alexander has refused to cave under the pressure from a Wisconsin-based organization to remove a memorial cross from public grounds.”
We don’t really have a view on the cross one way or the other. Its presence at the plant doesn’t offend us, nor do we see it as a government endorsement of a particular religion.
It’s a non-issue in our opinion …
Our beef with Seneca?
The 2015 murder of 19-year-old Zachary Hammond …
We’re still waiting on mayor Alexander to do the “Christian” thing by way of Hammond’s family.