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Tower crosses bring unexpected response
San Antonio Express News ^ | 24 November 2011 | Express News Editorial Board

Posted on 11/25/2011 1:39:09 AM PST by Racehorse

It is unfortunate that the placement of small crosses on a tower at the Texas A&M University-San Antonio was met with such a backlash from those offended by the religious symbolism.

The small crosses on the Torre de Esperanza, or Tower of Hope, located on the boulevard leading to the public university were meant to represent the Spanish missions, those historic gems located on the city's South Side.

An adjunct criminology professor initially raised questions about the crosses on the tower, which was built on private land with city money.

Then last week a Washington-based organization that promotes the separation of church and state sent city and university officials letters asking for their removal.

One would have expected more open-mindedness and understanding of why the crosses were included in the design of the public university's entrance tower. A university, after all, is supposed to be a place where differing views can be expressed and discussed.

The crosses were not placed on the tower to indicate a preference of one religion over another or as an attempt to proselytize but rather as a symbol of the rich culture of that area. They were not oversized, multi-ton crosses carved out of stone; they were a detail on a tower that included much larger attention-grabbing features.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: education; firstamendment; sanantonio
San Antonio began with the founding in 1744 of the Mission San Antonio de Valero. You know it as the Alamo.

In the following years four additional missions were established. Thpse four are part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

The Alamo is a State and national shrine.

Th SA Express News Editorial Board got it right. Those who complained are closed-minded, self-righteous zealots.

1 posted on 11/25/2011 1:39:15 AM PST by Racehorse
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To: Racehorse

IMHO, the staff and students at Texas A&M University-San Antonio need to stand fast.

Those who stand fast have nothing to fear.

2 posted on 11/25/2011 2:56:20 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: PieterCasparzen

That is, Christians need to stand fast.

3 posted on 11/25/2011 2:57:23 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: Racehorse
"An adjunct criminology professor..."

i.e., somebody who did extremely poorly on his/her LSAT.

4 posted on 11/25/2011 3:11:02 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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An adjunct criminology professor...

Were you always a criminal or did you have to go to school for that?

5 posted on 11/25/2011 3:32:47 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Racehorse

Crosses make you kneel down and convert to Christianity upon seeing them.

They must be eliminated from society.

6 posted on 11/25/2011 3:41:52 AM PST by hattend (If I wanted you dead, you'd be dead. - Cameron Connor)
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To: PieterCasparzen

I wear a pin fashioned last year: PUT OUR CROSS BACK
Mojave Desert Memorial
1934-2010 STOLEN
I will wear this pin -or another similar to it-or may have to
have the message inked on my head But until the Government
once again defends the Establishment clause ,and Bill of Rights as they were adopted by Congress and Ratified by the States and , back then, defended in the Courts. I will wear the pin.The First symbol erected in this New World by people who would be called American was a Cross at Cape Henry(1607)
Three years later the survivors at Jamestown erected a memorial to Rev.Robert Hunt. In 1935 a Cross of Stone was dedicated there to memorialize what happened at Cape Henry
in 1607.Texas AM should be ashamed at their anti-American bigotry.

7 posted on 11/25/2011 4:07:53 AM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: StonyBurk
Santa Fe doesn't count?

Try 1598, or the Mission at Hopewell, VA ~ that's quite early 1500s ~ and Puerto Rico certainly gets in on this ~ that was discovered on Columbus second voyage and it's inconceivable Frey Buel forgot to raise or show a Cross.

8 posted on 11/25/2011 4:15:30 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Racehorse; All

Communist Goals
for the take-over of America

27) Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”

28) Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

24) Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

25) Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography, and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV.

26) Present homosexuality, degeneracy, and promiscuity as “normal, natural, and healthy.”

9 posted on 11/25/2011 4:19:54 AM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Racehorse

The separation of church and state brings with it the separation of Americans from their freedom and their living.

10 posted on 11/25/2011 5:42:11 AM PST by RoadTest (For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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To: Racehorse

Speaking as a lifelong atheist, I’m totally fine with the placement of these crosses. The atheists who oppose them are asshats and do not speak for me.

11 posted on 11/25/2011 6:22:19 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Gingrich/Cain 2012)
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To: muawiyah

Santa Fe certainly counts—and thank you for your reply.But I
hope we agree the first symbol raised by those who would become Americans was the Cross of Christ.Columbus set sail in
search of a sea route around the Islamic terrorist of his day.
unless I am mistaken.He thought of himself as the Christ Bearer. And as noted by Wm Federer in his encyclopedia it
would be inconceivable to think of Columbus without a Cross.
modern myth aside.

12 posted on 11/25/2011 8:53:10 AM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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