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Oakland Zoo removes Ten Commandments monument
The Oakland Tribune ^ | July 27, 2012 | Anna Gallegos

Posted on 07/28/2012 8:09:18 AM PDT by kevcol



The Oakland Zoo removed a monument enscribed with the Ten Commandments from its property Wednesday. days before a planned weekend protest by a local atheist groups.

Zoo officials said the removal had been scheduled previously and was not related to plans by the East Bay Atheists and Atheists Advocates of San Francisco, which intended to picket the zoo to demand that the monument be removed.

"We had been wanting to do it for a long time," said Joel Parrott, CEO and president of the zoo. He said he began thinking about taking down the monuments when lawsuits over the religious displays on public land began arising in the early 2000s. "Now, it just seemed like it was a proper time."

Protest organizers said they were surprised at the zoo's decision but do not think the zoo's timing was only a coincidence.

"That's totally unprecedented," said Joey Piscitelli, a Martinez resident who has complained to the city previously about the monument. "They wanted to thwart the demonstrations and keep this out of the public eye."

The 6-foot marble sculpture of enscribed stone tablets has been on zoo property since 1965 when the area was a state park, according to Parrott. The monument was not near to any of the main animal exhibits, but close to the Snow Building, a facility overlooking the city that the zoo often rents out to community groups.

Piscitelli, who identified himself as a pagan, said he had rented the building and that his guests were "shocked" to see the religious display. In a letter to the city and Mayor Jean Quan in May, he called the monument "prejudicial" and said it denigrates the views of non-Christian zoo visitors.

Parrott said the zoo rarely received complaints about the monument.

The protest, originally scheduled for Sunday, will not happen. Piscitelli said the groups will be thanking the zoo for their decision instead.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: antichristian; atheists; christians; oakland
Wow - the only surprising thing here is that the monument lasted this long in the Bay Area.

another pic of the Ten Commandments Monument before it was moved:


I wonder where it was relocated to?

Meanwhile - on the other side of town:


Pat Miller, a city of San Francisco employee takes a photo of the giant "Three Heads
Six Arms Buddha" sculpture in front of City Hall on June 15, 2010 in San Francisco

1 posted on 07/28/2012 8:09:26 AM PDT by kevcol
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To: kevcol

It seems the animals at the zoo were the last ones in the Bay Area attempting to live by the 10 Commandments.....


2 posted on 07/28/2012 8:17:10 AM PDT by G Larry (I'm under no obligation to be a passive victim!)
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To: kevcol

Joel Parrott, CEO and president of the zoo

What an appropriately-named, lick-spittle, simple-tool useful idiot.


3 posted on 07/28/2012 8:21:59 AM PDT by samtheman (Obama. Mugabe. Chavez. (Obamugavez))
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To: kevcol

Don’t worry godless leftists. Eternal Zoo will have none of the Ten Commandments displays either. The reddish Zoo keeper there is a real ashole though-—have it your way and your will be done.


4 posted on 07/28/2012 8:22:31 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: kevcol

“I wonder where it was relocated to?”

No, I won’t say it.


5 posted on 07/28/2012 8:31:42 AM PDT by District13 (Ain't America Grand)
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To: kevcol

These communist can remove this but God is still in control..What makes them think we will ever forget the commandments God gave us..They will one day set their full attention on burning our Bibles but then they would have gone to far..

By removing the words they think the deeds they do go away..Sorry idiot just wait when you die you will burn in the lake of fire forever and ever..


6 posted on 07/28/2012 8:37:39 AM PDT by PLD
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To: G Larry

as the God book says even the rock cry out!


7 posted on 07/28/2012 8:51:07 AM PDT by pithyinme (Smiling Joe Biden... too dumb to sell used cars ... to lazy to steal them.)
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To: G Larry

LOL


8 posted on 07/28/2012 9:26:18 AM PDT by heye2monn
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To: kevcol
And down the road in San Jose...


9 posted on 07/28/2012 9:57:50 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

That looks like a giant turd with teeth.


10 posted on 07/28/2012 10:08:53 AM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded.)
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To: kevcol

These are sad times in the nation I grew up in and love.

Alas, we’re seeing it stolen away by the not so vast minimalist minority.


11 posted on 07/28/2012 10:32:27 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Remove all Democrats from the Republican party, and we won't have much Left, just a lot of Right.)
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To: kevcol

For their next trick these idiots will need to rename half of the cities in California that were named for the Catholic saints. Hah... pass the popcorn.


12 posted on 07/28/2012 10:33:55 AM PDT by Blado (Obamunism is the cancer... you know the answer.)
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To: Blado

Starting with San Francisco and progressing through San Mateo, San Rafael, San Juan Bautista, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, San Diego, etc., etc. until you get to Los Angeles.

FWIW, I have spent 4 of the last 6 weeks in California, and it certainly isn’t the place where I was born and raised — or the place where my great grand parents pioneered.


13 posted on 07/28/2012 10:50:40 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: kevcol

Satan consolidates another city.

The people of Oakland will be on their knees begging the Lord God for help before it is all said and done. Bank on it.


14 posted on 07/28/2012 11:18:55 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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That's what most locals think, too. It is a pagan religious statue. It is OK and doesn't offend atheists, but the Ten Commandments do. Our world is sick, sick, sick.

The 1994 sculpture of Quetzalcoatl (also known as The Plumed Serpent) is by Robert Graham and constructed of concrete polymer. It was commissioned by the city of San Jose to honor the culture of its Latino citizens, for $500,000. Quetzalcoatl is an Aztec deity who symbolizes fertility and order. The sculpture created controversy at the time of its installation, because some citizens found it objectionable in religious, economic and aesthetic terms."

It is getting hard to win against the forces of evil.

15 posted on 07/28/2012 11:20:30 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
I'm not sure that is a religious idol but if it is, I would appreciate knowing what religion.

Certainly, the city of San Francisco would NEVER remove this Buddha idol from the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. Maybe I should sue to have it removed.


16 posted on 07/28/2012 11:29:03 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Anyway, here is the flaming atheist pagan, Joey Piss-shitelli.

http://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/JoeyPiscitelli?xg_source=activity


17 posted on 07/28/2012 11:30:26 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: Blado

That is a paradox for the Cali commies. All of the Catholic saint named cities are in Spanish, so to indulge their atheism, they have to trample their multiculturalism.

Hmmm, what is an atheist commie liberal to do?


18 posted on 07/28/2012 11:32:53 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: kevcol

God-forsaken.. by choice. What a tough path Oakland chooses.. again.


19 posted on 07/28/2012 12:06:02 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: kevcol

The atheists would have loved to have dynamited it.


20 posted on 07/28/2012 12:13:16 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I'm from a lot of different places, but most specifically the one you refer to. I don't like to publisize personal details on the net because at the rate we are headed they will hunt us down and exterminate us based on our internet profiles. I too have spent the last year there for business reasons. I hate how it has changed and what has become of it. I would prefer to save my memories of that wonderful place and time that I grew up there. It is suicide by liberalism. Enough said. Too much said.
21 posted on 07/29/2012 4:03:25 AM PDT by Blado (Obamunism is the cancer... you know the answer.)
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