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Atheist, 82, hurls 5ft crucifix into duck pond after church plants it on village green (UK)
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:32 EST, 6 March 2013 | Mario Ledwith

Posted on 03/06/2013 11:45:37 PM PST by Olog-hai

A retired lawyer was so offended when his local church placed a wooden cross in the village green for Lent that he threw it into a duck pond in anger.

The five feet cross was placed on the small green in the upmarket village of Brearton, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, for the duration of the Christian festival.

But retired lawyer Alan Pickard, 82, took exception to the “arrogance” of St. John the Baptist Church, tearing the cross down and dumping it in the water. …

Josephine Johnston, 85, who has lived in the village of Brearton for 35 years, described Pickard’s actions as “sacrilege”. … “Mr. Pickard said he was going to dump it if it happened again. He has no legal right; it is not his property. He was a judge, but he is behaving like a hooligan.” …

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: atheism; liberalagenda; militantatheism

1 posted on 03/06/2013 11:45:51 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Oh that was so mature of him!


2 posted on 03/06/2013 11:51:08 PM PST by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Olog-hai

What a loser.


3 posted on 03/07/2013 12:08:45 AM PST by Amberdawn
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To: Amberdawn

What a retired lawyer.


4 posted on 03/07/2013 3:34:17 AM PST by KingLudd
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To: Olog-hai

Erect it in the pond.


5 posted on 03/07/2013 3:40:17 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (RETURN TO MECCA [http://youtu.be/zWQkaDUCJ_Y])
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To: Olog-hai

Can he be charged with anything. Or, because he’s a lefty and “protesting” he is allowed to destroy private property?


6 posted on 03/07/2013 3:42:09 AM PST by Leep (Are you smarter than a 7th grade math student and or Barack 0bama?)
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To: Olog-hai

Poor little offended atheist. Why get so angry about a God that “doesn’t exist”? Deep down, the guy knows that no matter how much he hates God, God still loves him. And that makes him furious because his whole life is based on “Come on God, give me a reason to hate you as much as I do.”


7 posted on 03/07/2013 3:52:28 AM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Olog-hai

had it been an Islamic symbol it would have been considered a felony punishable by sharia law (beheading sounds about right for the extent of it..)

The USA and the Brits have been taken over by Islamic terrorist and Communist dictators.


8 posted on 03/07/2013 3:53:38 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Olog-hai

He’s 82. Just get the younger parishioners to keep putting it back up every-time he takes it down and throws it in the pond. I bet they will have more stamina...


9 posted on 03/07/2013 3:55:19 AM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Olog-hai
Someone need to throw this old jackass into the pond repeatedly, until he understands that throwing things into the pond is wrong.

The customs of minding your own business & respecting others need to be reestablished.

10 posted on 03/07/2013 4:01:55 AM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Olog-hai

Put it back up and cement it in the ground this time.

If he does it again use more cement.


11 posted on 03/07/2013 4:07:56 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Olog-hai

What a lovely man!


12 posted on 03/07/2013 4:15:53 AM PST by jocon307
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To: Olog-hai

I have a feeling that this ‘gentleman’ is bound for a heart attack. How ironic would it be if he died at the foot of the cross? One would hope that he would then repent and accept the Lord.


13 posted on 03/07/2013 4:16:48 AM PST by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: Venturer

How about just cementing him in the ground instead?


14 posted on 03/07/2013 4:30:22 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drag Me From Hell!)
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To: Morgana

Lucky bastard. If he’dda done that to a crescent moon, they would have tossed him into gaol, and when he got out the Muzzies wudda tossed him into the pond. You can pee on a cruxifix and the worst thing that’ll happen to you is that you get a government grant.


15 posted on 03/07/2013 4:34:22 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I don’t believe that would be legal, but I cannot say I would be against it, nor would I be agaiinst getting a can of spray paint and painting crosses all over his home his car, and his forehead if he stuck his head out, but of course that is also illegal.

Perhaps a pray-in outside his home every day at odd times would really offend him.If a group could get together and stand on the sidewalk outside his home with hand held crosses and prayed, it might even help to save this poor old ignorant fool.


16 posted on 03/07/2013 4:37:28 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Olog-hai
"...retired lawyer Alan Pickard, 82, took exception to the 'arrogance' of St. John the Baptist Church..."
"...the culprit owned up in a reply, saying that he thought the 'proper place for this artefact is within the church precincts'."

Mr. Pickard's taking exception to 'arrogance' presupposes some absolute standard of moral wisdom by which Mr. Pickard could judge the parishioners as having or showing an exaggerated opinion of their own importance and of being overbearingly proud. Likewise, the very notion of 'proper' itself assumes an objective standard of behavior or manners by which lack of conformity thereto could be judged.

However, things such as objective standards and fixed criterion for judging human values do not follow from an atheistic premise. What sense does it make for an atheist to object to what in his own worldview ultimately amounts to nothing more than the atomic makeup of St. John's parishioners and wood? His words and actions are incoherent and self-vitiating.

Cordially,

17 posted on 03/07/2013 6:09:54 AM PST by Diamond (He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people,)
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To: Olog-hai
For people who claim to not believe, atheists certainly have a lot of hatred for God.
18 posted on 03/07/2013 7:15:59 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Olog-hai

Is he in training for the Senior Atheist Olympics? The crucifix toss?


19 posted on 03/07/2013 7:18:36 AM PST by GSWarrior (Do you think Jack White and Jack Black get along?)
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To: Olog-hai

Some village folks should take him and toss him into the pond to go get the crucifix.

Shakespeare, once again, proven correct.


20 posted on 03/07/2013 7:21:48 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Make the cross out of those mouse trap pads sticky stuff. Then sit back with a camera.


21 posted on 03/07/2013 8:03:25 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

Or to keep tossing him back in the pond everytime he gets out.


22 posted on 03/07/2013 9:53:14 AM PST by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: Olog-hai

What a sad, disordered individual.


23 posted on 03/07/2013 11:31:03 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Venturer

Cast iron. Bolt it down.


24 posted on 03/07/2013 11:37:24 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Olog-hai

This sounds like an episode of Midsomer Murders.


25 posted on 03/07/2013 11:43:25 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Olog-hai

Piers Morgans’s father?


26 posted on 03/07/2013 12:38:20 PM PST by polymuser ("We have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!" (HRC))
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