A cross on the side of the road to mourn the victim of a drunk driver. Should we continue to allow religious symbols displayed on public roads?
Whether it's religious symbols or any other type of memorial left by the side of the road it's littering, and shouldn't be allowed.
I have no problem with the religious symbols. I have a problem with the distraction of the pile of crap that ends up collecting around these memorials. Often located in the DANGEROUS AREA that the original accident occurred where MORE ATTENTION to the road NOT a makeshift memorial.
So I answered Yes because your question is about religious symbols. If it had been about the makeshift memorials I would say No
This is EXACTLY how I feel. And I voted the same way.
Hmm, sorry about that, but the one I saw was a cross
We have them all over the place here in Vegas. I really don't care. I would not place any symbols or flowers at a site, if I lost someone in a traffic accident.
No. Not because they are religious symbols, but because these inane impromptu "memorials" on public property are littering at best, by every reasonable definition. Obviously they're fine if on private property, with permission.
Was the victim a Christian and was this put there by loved ones? Then leave it. I wouldn't have a problem if the victim was a Jew with a Star of David or a Muslim with a Crescent.
Yes. It's important to the families of the victims.
I'm not for or against roadside religious symbols - but realize if you allow a cross - you also have to allow Jewish, Muslim, Pagan and other religious symbols. I would however ban makeshift roadside memorials because they are a distraction.
Freedom of expression. LEAVE them
up and RemEmber, never SOH and drive.
Yes, just not crosses because they can be offensive. (Just kidding). It could be educational if someone saw a symbol they didn't recognize. What's the symbol for Atheism?
I thought it was a fish with legs
If they were required to be taken down, our government has officially become tyrannical.
They are perfectly acceptable.
Public displays of religion are different than separation of church and state. Like a couple others have said, as long as our government isn't paying for it (read: taxpayer dollars), then it's not a problem, in my opinion.
As long as the government isn't using taxpayer funds in order to put them there - it's fine in that regard. They are technically littering, though.
I pictured a cop writing up a summons for littering to people erecting a cross and it made me sad
I didn't say it was worth punishing. I say technically. If I were a police officer, I wouldn't. If it's really messy, it should be cleaned up/re-organized by someone.
Bob no one said punishment, I could feel mr l meant technically not as in "you're goin to the slammer!"
Just the picture that popped in my head. I know neither one of you would advocate fining mourners.
They make me sad
Me too. I used to pass one every day on my way to work (where I used to live). It was white and just said DAD. I often thought about it was much stronger than any campaign the government could have arranged.
It's not the religious symbols as much as the litering.
Yes, I've seen dome trashy looking roadside crosses. There a few in my area that are very well maintained. They keep the grass low a wider in the shape of a huge heart with the crosses in the middle. When the state mowers come thru, they leave it…
alone. It been there almost ten years. Who's going to say they have to take it away. They'd body buried there, but there may as well be. To them, it is sacred ground, full of memories they are unwilling to let go.
I don't disagree with the significance or think the emotions shouldn't be there. The intent of my argument was that if a person is going to be petty over roadside memorials, a better argument falls with littering than religious preferences.
Close your eyes if it bothers you as you drive past!
Not long, though; you're driving.
That's the concept. For atheist they erect an X! It marks the spot.
Yes they remind people to slow down.
Fine the mourners?
They are people taking care of the crosses. They are also people effected by it like Tops and me who think about the people who died there.