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MSgt Christopher Maddaloni
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PO2 Mark Saffell Total BS. When is this crap going to end. Individuals that served or paid ultimate sacrifice for freedom is not the time to give into this. Very disappointing.
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PO2 Robert Aitchison
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It is often hard for Christians to understand the powerful symbolism the Christian cross holds for those who are not Christian.

While I appreciate the good intentions of those who wanted to put up a memorial I can tell you that as a Jew I'd have a very big problem if someone wanted to memorialize me with a Christian cross.
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PO2 Mark Saffell
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PO2 Robert Aitchison I have see The Star of David used at Arlington and could be used if any are Jewish. I'm hoping you dont have a problem with the cross for those that where Christians.
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PO2 Robert Aitchison
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PO2 Mark Saffell - No of course no problems using a cross for a Christian. My point is unless you are certain of the religious views of the people you are seeking to memorialize it's probably safest to use a non-religious/universal symbol.
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PO2 Mark Saffell
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true, but that information should be available to them since its on our dog tags, we know the info is out there. What bothers me about this story is how the Mayor tucked and covered because of ONE. So now the one has more rights than the 79?
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PO2 Robert Aitchison
PO2 Robert Aitchison
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I doubt very much that the city has access to the religious faith of all of the 79 who were memorialized, even going back to those who died in WWI more than 100 years ago.

The Mayor even said that it never occurred to her that the cross es would have a religious symbolism and I believe her. That doesn't change the fact that the Christian cross has HUGE religious symbolism.

According to the article the ONE caller wanted to find out if the city knew if all 79 fallen service members were Christian, IMO a perfectly valid question to ask. That caller also offered to donate towards an inclusive memorial that would honor those 79 regardless of what their faith were.

Speaking of the "rights" of the 79, I'd say it's pretty important to respect the rights of those who would not want to be memorialized with a symbol of another faith.
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