SALT LAKE CITY — The 14 crosses erected along Utah roads to commemorate fallen state Highway Patrol troopers convey a state preference for Christianity and are a violation of the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court said Wednesday.
The ruling reverses a 2007 decision by a federal district judge that said the crosses communicate a secular message about deaths and were not a public endorsement of religion. It’s the latest in a recent rash of mixed-bag rulings on the public use of crosses.
A three-judge panel from Denver’s 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its 38-page ruling that a “reasonable observer” would conclude that the state and the Utah Highway Patrol were endorsing Christianity with the cross memorials.
On his radio show today, Dennis Prager says: Every time the left thinks something, it’s either because the constitution says it is there, like the right to an abortion, or violate the constitution. They are the constitution. For the leftist, they are the living embodiment of the constitution. If they feel X, then X must be constitutional. They are coequal to the constitution.
Ask your left-wing friends if there is anything in the constitution that violates their beliefs?
“Constitutional” has become as meaningless as the left-wing use of the word “racist.”
What would you put on the side of the road to mark that an officer died there? Flowers?