Apparently a Federal appeals court just ruled that the roadside crosses erected to memorialize fallen troopers by the Utah Highway Patrol are unconstitutional and have to go.
Okay, I'm on record as thinking that roadside memorials are a little tacky, especially when they get all crusted with faded, dirty plastic flowers and mouldering teddy bears. And when blown up to twice the height of a grown man they cross the line into gauche, but unconstitutional?
Look, in a graveyard or on the side of the road, when I see a cross I don't think "Christianity", I think "dead guy". Unless there's a headstone with a Star of David or a crescent nearby to remind me, its cultural meaning pretty much swamps its religious one in that context. Granted, there are probably a million better things on which to spend money stolen from taxpayers at 1040-point right now, but this is small potatoes on the list of things to stress over. (And if the group bringing the suit is so worried about public religious symbols in Utah, why aren't they saying anything about the beehive on the troopers' shoulder patches? Or are they a little thick?)
We've got a president involving himself in New York City zoning spats and American Atheists are worried about government-funded future roadside Santeria shrines? Way to win friends and influence people, there, sport.