Although I quit believing in higher powers, the whole prayer thing doesn't bother me in the least. People can do whatever they like with their time. If I'm at a gathering at which a dedicated few seconds of time is spent with heads bowed and some words uttered, I just literally grin and bear it. I feel like I'm showing respect for those who think differently. I don't understand using beliefs to bash each other, regardless of what the beliefs are. Maybe I'm naive. Maybe there are bigger agendas at work in the background and I have my head stuck in the sand.
I know a guy who was making $24.xx per hour at VW when the plant started up and all he had was a high school diploma. He quit after a couple of months because "the work was too hard." He works construction now, which apparently is less physically demanding (!) Right!
Every time I check online news or turn on the radio or TV, I''m afraid I'll see live coverage of bombing. I think that'd be a huge mistake. Why is it that the older I get (I'm 53), the more doubtful I am that our government knows what it's doing, regardless of which party occupies the presidency? And I try my best not to be left or right-leaning, because both sides have good points. It is really difficult not to become cynical.
PlainTruth: cool! You guys seem to have a lot of fun. I don't know enough about politics so I'll leave you to enjoy.
I clicked on the cartoon today for the first time because I couldn't really see it on the main page. There are some really mean people here. Maybe you're all actually friends in real life? I could see friends doing that because it'd be like an inside joke and they wouldn't take it that seriously. If that isn't the case, are you all really angry at each other? Is it like this every day?
I'm Cherokee. My near ancestors were dehumanized, raped, and slaughtered during the process of christian "advancement." Can you imagine how I feel about christianity? Crosses symbolize racism and genocide to me. I don't expect anyone to understand that.
To piggyback on hotdiggity's comment @12:29pm, I don't think any religious symbols result in conversions or new followers. I think members of the church believe they do, and perhaps that helps them justify them. To non-believers like myself, we see them and say, "Ugh, please, another self-serving display of piety. I don't want anything to do with them."
In my opinion, one of the highest expressions of love for your neighbor is to actually help them in some way, and to do it with avoidance of any sort of recognition (don't spout off to others how you gave money or donated time, etc.). These crosses are chest-thumping, look-at-us warts on the landscape. And they're going to light them at night? Great! Why not broadcast sermons via loudspeaker? And if the sermons don't convince them, maybe build a huge burning fire pit with a sign reading, "You're going here if you don't think just like us," because fear is a powerful conversion tool. Love? Not so much. As hotdiggity implies, actions mean so much more and I'd add that they require the ingredient of love. Maybe that's why having the biggest crosses in the nation was chosen rather than helping your neighbor. Yet another reason I'm embarrassed to tell business colleagues I live in the south.
AndrewLohr, you see these crosses as gentle reminders of what you believe. I'm happy for you, really. I bet you're a great person and your heart's in the right place. My opinion is that whomever put them there is trying to force everyone to notice them. It's narcissistic (again only my opinion) like the people a few years ago who had the loudest car stereos imaginable and would sit in gridlock blasting away with their windows open. The owner of such a vehicle thought it was a great idea and subjected everyone within blocks to their taste in music whether anyone liked it or not. People don't like stuff forced on them, and I consider that beating people over the head. You don't share that view and that's just peachy. You will never convince me and vice versa. It's actually humorous to me.
The church has a right to spend their money however they want whether I agree with their choices or not. I'm sure none of the church people would agree with how I spend my money. And yes, I could do more to help others, too. I think we all could. The problem I have with these crosses is that they're so "in your face" in the way that people affix religious/political messages on their car bumper and knock on my door to give me their message of salvation. Long ago, I did all of those things including the door-to-door bit. Ultimately, it wasn't for me and I'm as far from Christianity as one can get. However, it's great that people can worship one god, many gods, the moon, or woodland fairies. I respect anyone's beliefs, but I cringe when any group tries to beat others over the head with their message, which in my opinion are what these three enormous crosses are being used for.
I agree with wyldmon that stuffing our faces with fatty food to show support for a viewpoint is kind of odd if I really think about it. I'm not sure if that was his/her point, but that's what I got from wyldmon. I appreciate KnottaHero's reasonable response. I don't like fast food at all and seeing the physiques of typical fast food patrons kills my appetite. However, Chik-Fil-A has every right to express their views on anything and their customers have a right to show support. I'm curious about the good things they do in communities. Would you give some examples, KnottaHero? I'm not challenging you at all, I always want to know when corporations are community-minded. Thanks!