This seems like the appropriate place to ask this. What would any of you think if you went to your local police station and there was a four to five feet high brick monument with a cross on all four sides? Then what if you found out the building was previously a catholic school and the monument is the top of the old chimney? Would that change anything? This is a real situation for me, and I was wondering what to do about it if anything.

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It should not change anything that has to do with the relationship between you as a citizen and the local police. The fact that it used to be a catholic school and have a structure of worship still standing may lead one to believe that the present owner is a catholic. If it's a small town, it probably has some cost to have it removed which would come out of budget.

 

I guess if they aren't singing songs around it every Sunday and singing kumbaya while ignoring 911 calls for help, it wouldn't be a big deal to me. A cross made out of a chimney may be considered art, a big structure holding, say, the 10 commandments in front of a local police department would NOT be, & would most certainly be cause for alarm.

I think it would be an issue if they spent tax-payer money to erect a religious monument, but they simply recycled a part of the building. It has historical significance and I wouldn’t look at it as anything other than that. Sometimes I think atheists get too wrapped up in being atheists and find offense in the most mundane things. Let the religious nuts find offense in such things. I wouldn’t get too bent out of shape over it.

I think you hit the key phrase there, "if they spent tax-payer money". I'd be upset if my money were going to a half million dollar project that was based on a religious belief. It'd be worse if such a monument would be erected as part of the law because apparently to many people this world was founded on God's laws.

I guess the only taxpayer money issue is they renovated the building with taxpayer money out of the city budget. The building was completely renovated to house the police department while a new police department is being built. I don't really feel slighted by it so much as I was curious as to what the perception would be from a person of another religion needing police assistance and seeing this by the front entrance of the police department. It seems they could have made a tribute to the old usage of the building with a plaque or something rather than a permanently affixed monument by the entrance.

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