Religious symbols in public places

United States
January 13, 2013 1:53pm CST
A lot has been made about religious symbols in public places. The Christians are the biggest complainers when something of their religion is not allowed to be displayed. They scream that there's a war on Christianity in this country if there is no prayer in public schools or if a crucifix or picture of Jesus is removed. I'm not religious and I don't care if these are in public view. Isn't religion more a personal thing anyway? Why get all bent out of shape if your religious symbol is not allowed somewhere? You can still practice your religion and doesn't stop you from your belief. If someone is so angry that their religion can't be displayed and says that their religious freedom is being taken away, how would they feel if other religion's symbols are being displayed in public? Do you think these same people would be shouting for freedom of putting religious symbols in public places if Muslims or Wiccans or Satanists did it?
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@stary1 (6622)
• United States
13 Jan 13
rockerfellaco I think perhaps the reason you don't care has to do with the fact you are not religious. I am a non-practicing Catholic so I don't know if you would consider me religious or not. I pray everyday..I think of Jesus and God often, I try to live by spiritual principles. In my opnion the last few years have seen a growth in the demand of removing religiuos symbols from the public square. Therein lies the problem..I think. Some..not all..atheists have an agenda to remove God symbols from the public and push them only into churches or homes. So there is a push back... I too object when people like Newdow try to remove God from the coin or some group tries to remove crosses from Veteran cemeteries....It is a war on Christianily and I hope Christians will not allow the 'tyranny' of the minority...also some of these are traditions so IMO they need to be left alone. I would be ok with Muslim and Wiccan symbols..but only in proprotion to the number of followers...
• United States
14 Jan 13
I think you kind of made one of my points. You can still pray everyday and practice as you see fit. Not seeing a public symbol doesn't take God out of your life. After all, God is everywhere. Removing crosses from Veteran's cemeteries is a travesty. I don't think it's a war on Christianity. More about people being offended by seeing something that doesn't represent their views. Unfortunately everyone is offended by something these days and if one person complains then whatever it is they don't like has to be stopped. I don't know if it would be possible to determine number of followers or what proportions would be fair. Would that be number of symbols, size of symbols, significance of symbols. I'm sure most Christians who say that their should be prayer in schools would throw a fit if a teacher wore a pentagram around his neck in the classroom. At the very least have it removed or have him fired.
• United States
14 Jan 13
You made some good point @Stary ,,, I dont like something christian used to do in the past because they did cruelty in God's name like a lot of religion but I do see a lot of demand pusher these days . They are trying to stop religion practice by pushing it behind doors , they dont want it anywhere else . I pray everyday and need not a symbol to remind me but the symbol can be a introduction for new believers .
• United States
14 Jan 13
I don't understand why the push to rid things and places of Christian symbols. Who cares? What difference does it make what the dollar bill says on it? In G-d We Trust or in the Government We Trust? My interest in the dollar is how much it will buy! Do I care whether someone says to me Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? NO, it is the greeting that is important. If someone doesn't want to pledge allegiance to the flag, don't. If someone doesn't want to pray, don't. But stop trying to change the traditions and the rites and rituals that others enjoy. Wear your Wiccan jewelry. You identify yourself and I know to avoid you! Do the same for me! See my Cross jewelry and avoid me! I don't complain when I go to the nail salon and find the little temple with sacrifices on it to their god. I'm not there to convert or be converted, but there to get my nails done. Who cares what religious symbols they display? NO ONE! So why are the only symbols people go nuts over are the Christian ones? Hmmmmmmm.
@Mavic123456 (7931)
• Thailand
14 Jan 13
it is not just Christians who do this. I am in a Buddhist country and in every corner of their streets... in every house .. gates and everywhere you will be able to see a mini temple with lots of food offerings and the likes. Not to refute your discussion I just share what I saw here.
• Philippines
14 Jan 13
not all Christians are the same. :) maybe you are referring for Catholics who are usually fond of religious symbols such as crucifix. I AM A PROUD christistian but i dont really care about religion because i do believe that there is no such thing as a perfect religion. in my view every religion has it own flaws because we, the imperpect people are the builders of this religions. so how can there be such thing as a perfect religion? but despite of this, i do believe in one thing, THERE IS A GREAT CREATOR above us all. weather you are a Muslim, Christian, Buddhist or someone else, we should still respect each others belief and love one another despite on how we call our "creator" :)
@marguicha (82943)
• Chile
14 Jan 13
It is a pity that religion is, and has always been, a reason to fight instead of being in peace. But I guess there´s not much we can do about it if governments and church authorities don´t try to bring people together. I am ashamed of all the wars started in the name of freedom. Whose freedom, I ask? It is the same with religious symbols.
@yanzalong (9715)
• Indonesia
14 Jan 13
Halo, I agree with your point of view about religion. If someone gets angry, this clearly means that he or she is not religious. Religion teaches people or its believers not to show anger to others. Religious symbols as you mentioned here is nothing to do with the truth of their faith. In my country, even religious symbols are used to attract people's attention in order that they will follow certain political parties.
@toyota4k (1212)
• Philippines
14 Jan 13
A freethinker, with a liberal mind in a democratic country should not feel bad that way. Especially when the images were funded by the government. Public funds should not be used for expenditures on religion even though it would be images associated with the most predominant religion in the country.
@edvc77 (2143)
• Philippines
14 Jan 13
God is not an icon or an idol that is something to be dressed up or served. God is a Spirit. It is written, "We must worship HIm in spirit and in truth." I'm a Christian too however I don't see God as been made by a craftsman. I see God as Almighty and a Spirit. A due high respect must be given to God.
@mariaperalta (19096)
• Mexico
14 Jan 13
Mexico is that way. many stores, restraunts nd things have the virgin mary all over.