Posts tagged: Jesus statue
An attorney who is involved in defending the Jesus statue on Big Mountain says she is confident that legal precedents aimed at discouraging the government from being “hostile” to religion will help the Flathead National Forest prevail, allowing for the statue to remain where it is. CeCe Heil provided an update on the case during a town hall meeting led by Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Whitefish Monday afternoon. The meeting was attended by about 60 people, including a special guest, Arnold “Arnie” Funk, a 91-year-old 10th Mountain Division veteran who served in Italy during World War II. The Flathead chapter of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization that maintained the statue for nearly 60 years, contends that the Jesus statue is a memorial to World War II veterans and the 10th Mountain Division in particular/Jim Mann, Daily Inter Lake. More here. (In this February 2011 AP file photo, University of Montana students, from left, Jake Coburn, Stephanie Ralls and Claire Dal Nogare, visit a statue of Jesus Christ at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Mont.)
Question: Should the Jesus statue on Big Mountain be taken down?
In this February 2011 AP file photo, freshmen at the University of Montana, from left, Jake Coburn, Stephanie Ralls and Claire Dal Nogare, visit a statue of Jesus Christ at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Mont. An atheist group has filed a lawsuit demanding the removal of this mountaintop Jesus statue on federal land in northwestern Montana after the U.S. Forest Service reversed itself amid an outcry and said the statue could stay. Story here. (AP Photo/Missoulian, Linda Thompson, File)
Question: Are the atheists being intolerant re: decision to leave Jesus statue at Whitfish Mountain Resort?
Freshmen at the University of Montana, from left, Jake Coburn, Stephanie Ralls and Claire Dal Nogare, visit a statue of Jesus Christ at Whitefish Mountain Resort Whitefish, Mont. The U.S. Forest Service said today it will re-authorize a permit for this 57-year-old statue of Jesus that had been facing eviction from this northwestern Montana ski resort. Story here. (AP/Missoulian file photo, Linda Thompson, File)
Mike Feiler stands at the top of the steps of the former site of Providence Hospital in Wallace, Idaho. A century-old story of faith and miracles has captivated Feiler, sending him on a quest to find a lost statue of Jesus. When a massive wildfire threatened the hospital in 1910, Sister Anthony, the mother superior, fell to her knees, pleading with God to spare it and promising to erect a statue of Jesus if her prayers were answered. Shortly afterward, the wind shifted and the hospital was saved, and its deliverance became known as “the Miracle of the Coeur d'Alenes.” Becky Kramer's SR story here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
In the past month, Flathead National Forest officials estimate they've received more than 95,000 comments from the public about whether the statue of Jesus Christ on Big Mountain should be removed. The volume of comments became so unwieldy that Forest Service supervisors assigned a special team to organize, filter and read the comments, the majority of which were sent by email from across the United States. “It's a very divisive issue, and a very emotional issue,” Derek Milner, who is leading the public review project for the Flathead National Forest, said. “People are either adamantly in favor or adamantly opposed. There really is no middle ground”/Tristan Scott, Missoulian. More here. (AP file photo) H/T: Orbusmax
Question: Do you have a strong reaction to this controversy, one way or the other?
Writing for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News Editorial Board, Lee Rozen sez the church-state spat involving the Knights of Columbus Jesus statue of Big Mountain/Whitefish is “a bunch of hooey.” But the Editorial Board thinks the U.S. Forest Service, which has been threatening to boot the statue as a result of a complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation of Madison, Wis., should charge for the space that the statue sits on. “If the Forest Service rules allow for leasing 25-foot-square patches of land next to ski runs, then the main questions are, “Why aren't they being paid for it?” and “What else could we put there besides a statue of Jesus?” writes Rosen. “Statues of Mohammed, Buddha, Joseph Smith and L. Ron Hubbard would be obvious candidates. Nothing about that, it seems to us, would create a law “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” That's what the First Amendment outlaws. More here. (AP file photo: Statue of Jesus Christ at Big Mountain overlooks Whitefish Lake and the Flathead Valley in Whitefish, Mont.)