City Calls Jesus’ Inclusion On Headstone Offensive





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The wife of a pastor near Sterling, Colo. recently died; and her family, upon presenting the city with her final wishes for a grave marker, were disheartened to learn that a reference to Jesus Christ was prohibited.

Upon hearing the argument that the faith-based sentiment is potentially offensive, Linda Baker’s family sprang into action. Faced with a brewing mutiny, city officials eventually relented and allowed the inclusion of her Christian faith to be added to the tombstone.

Her daughter-in-law, Stacy Adams, said that Baker’s loved ones “were in disbelief,” explaining that they saw no options aside from protesting the decision.

She said that Baker specifically requested the name of Jesus be placed inside of a Christian symbol, noting that the initial issue officials had was that the design would not fit on the marker.

“But after we kept pushing them, the cemetery director told us that it might offend somebody,” she said. “They weren’t going to allow it.”

When the family began to push back against the decision, Adams said the director implied that such an inclusion would open the door for another grave marker to include a swastika.

“My reply was, ‘So what if they do? It’s not my business how they want to be remembered,’” she recalled.

Unfortunately, such tolerance is not always displayed by those in a position of authority. The family’s next step, petitioning the city manager, was similarly fruitless.

“He said he would have to take it to the city attorney,” she explained, noting that city staffers “were being difficult.”

They kept implying that the message could be offensive, though Adams noted that no one was “asking for a six-foot neon sign. We did not want to put a cross on everyone’s tombstone.”

Against what appeared to be an insurmountable task, and while they were still grieving over the loss, Davis’ family utilized social media to garner support. The tactic was successful, as the same city manager that initially disregarded the request issued an apology of sorts.

Saying that the cemetery manager “thought it may have been objectionable to someone because of the Christian connotation,” Joe Kiolbasa said that such embellishments “will be allowed in the future.”

Unfortunately, the overreaction of this city’s staff is far from an isolated incident. The tenets of political correctness now dictate that any mention of faith — aside from Islam, of course — is immediately cause for suspicion.

Though a Facebook campaign was ultimately successful for the family of Linda Baker, there are countless untold stories of similar biases with a less favorable outcome.

–Western Journalism staff writer

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Comments

  1. The anti-Christian movement in this county is all on Obuthole for proclaiming during his 2008 campaign: "The Unites States is no longer a Christian country."

    • Linda From NY says:

      This political correctness is what killing our Country, it has open the doors for anti God people such as Obama, Obama is anti God and in favor of same sex marriage, abortions which God says it is abominations. I believe that if this nation does not change we are going to receive God's Judgment in America.

      • Edwardkoziol says:

        Linda as you know I've said this before political correctness wil kill the US.Remember the old saying"sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me"

  2. WHERE OR WHERE DID OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND BASIC FREEDOM OF RELIGION GO?????? WAKE UP, AMERICA! WE CAN NO LONGER REMAIN THE SILENT MAJORITY. IF WE DON'T STAND FOR SOMETHING, WE WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING AND MANY WEAK, INEFFECTIVE AMERICAN CITIZENS HAVE CAVED. DO WHAT'S RIGHT AND DON'T LET THE EVIL ONES TELL YOU WHAT TO DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the laws are still on the books and we need to make sure they stay there.

  3. MuslimLuvChrist says:

    The cowards of Sterling won’t mention the director or superintendent in its Nazi cemetery rulebook: http://www.sterlingcolo.com/wp-content/uploads/20
    The name of the ahole in charge of cemetery superintendent is WADE GANDEE,
    CONTACT http://www.sterlingcolo.com/?page_id=219 AND DEMAND HIS RESIGNATION NOW!!!
    WADE GANDEE should resign after stating that a reference to Jesus Christ was prohibited and Jesus Christ compared to a swastika!
    Otherwise we will sue the cemetery for infringing on First Amendment rights!

  4. Edwardkoziol says:

    Would anyone believe that in this day and age here in the US wewould have some asshole telling us we couldn't put the name Jesus on a tombstone.RIdiculous

    • Linda From NY says:

      Hi Edward,
      Many years ago I too would have never thought that anyone would be offended by the name Jesus Christ or the symbol of the cross. I am more offended every time I see Obama on television speaking lies to the American people.

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