A lawsuit filed by the American Atheists in U.S. District Court on Thursday seeks to remove steel crosses that dot roadways throughout Utah and memorialize Utah Highway Patrol troopers who have died in the line of duty. The suit has drawn harsh reaction from family members of the fallen troopers and promises to be the source of an emotional battle.
The crosses, which stand about 12 feet high and bear the trooper's name and the UHP insignia, were erected starting in 1998 and serve as a memorial for 14 troopers who have died since 1931.
And some responses (the one arguing for the lawsuit has a screen name of Trotsky):
3. Let the troopers families decide.
4. On public land? That's what I have a problem with.
36. In PUBLIC cemetaries, and your objection was use of public land. What do you think Arlington is, genius? Land privately owned by a Halliburton subsidiary?
Really, why pretend you have a consitutional objection when it's just your usual cosmic beef with the other side of the coin?
114. The distinction between public land and public cemeteries is not there, but neither is the distinction between free speech and shouting "fire" in a crowded theater.
The right to privacy isn't in the Constitution, either. Yet the court has surmised that it guarantees one anyway. At least for now.
Did you turn into a right-wing strict constitutional literalist, Inland?
34. This is a time it's gone WAY too far.There are extremists of all political persuasions.
These people are no better than the radical clerics of the right.