Skip to comments.City-Owned Cemetery Refuses to Engrave 'Jesus' on Preacher's Wife's Headstone
Posted on 10/23/2013 6:08:57 AM PDT by Kaslin
The family of a Colorado preachers wife is still fuming after the director of the city-owned cemetery refused to engrave her final resting place with the name Jesus because it might offend people. The city eventually reversed course under public pressure.
We were in disbelief, said Stacy Adams, the daughter-in-law of Linda Baker. Who tries to censor Jesus from a cemetery?
Linda Baker lost her battle with cancer last week. She was the wife of Mark Baker, the pastor of Harvest Baptist Church in Ovid.
Adams said her mother-in-law was passionate about her Christian faith and her family. Her final wish was to have her cemetery marker engraved with the ichthys, a symbol of early Christianity. She also wanted the word Jesus written inside the fish.
At first they told us it wouldnt fit, Adams told me. But after we kept pushing them the cemetery director told us that it might offend somebody. They werent going to allow it.
The family was devastated and asked the cemetery director to reconsider. He refused.
He said, What if somebody wanted to put a swastika? she recounted. My reply was, so what if they do? Its not my business how they want to be remembered.
The family then took their concerns to the Sterling city manager but once again they were rebuffed.
He refused to work with us, she said. He said he would have to take it to the city attorney. They were being difficult.
She said city officials kept telling them that people would be offended by the name of Christ.
We werent asking for a six-foot neon sign, she said. We did not want to put a cross on everyones tombstone. Its a six-inch fish with the name Jesus on it.
So the family decided to post their plight on Facebook and thats when the city had a change of heart.
We gave them fair warning, she said. We gave them time to do the right thing.
Sterling City Manager Joe Kiolbasa told 9news.com they would no longer censor religious references on headstones and cemetery markers. He said the cemetery manager made a mistake.
This gentleman thought it may have been objectionable to someone because of the Christian connotation, Kiolbasa told the television station. It will be allowed in the future.
Adams tells me the family was incredibly distraught and disturbed by the incident.
As an American and as a Christian, we have this thing called freedom of speech, freedom of expression, she said. We werent trying to stop anybody from putting anything up. We just wanted the same freedom others have.
And the cemetery is filled with tombstones that have Bible verses and angels and other religious symbols.
Mrs. Bakers marker should be finished in the coming days as her family continues the grieving process. But Adams cant help but wonder who people are so fearful of one name that they would go to such lengths to try and eliminate it.
If it can happen in a small country town like this, it makes you wonder whats happening in other parts of the nation, she said.
And Id like to know who specifically would be offended by the name Jesus on the grave marker of a pastors wife? What kind of malicious, godless, slop-sucking heathen would object to a dying womans last wishes?
Stacy Adams raises a valid question.
Its outrageous that a grieving American family had to fight and cajole a city government to allow them to engage in their Constitutional rights.
The city of Sterling, Colo. owes the family of Linda Baker a sincere apology and it should probably be delivered from the pulpit of Pastor Bakers church.
As for the cemetery managercomparing the name of Jesus to a swastika? Really, sir? My only wish is that on Judgment Day Mrs. Baker is standing at the Pearly Gates watching you explain yourself to Saint Peter.
Not yet! It will get worse.
Exactly. The name Jesus does offend people. We are promised that. So what?
Desecration by omission... another liberal game.
He was being offended for someone he didn’t know existed.
Just curious. . .who was the first person to deny the request, and was this person perhaps a) atheist or b) muslime.
Just asking. . .
So, they don't allow many Hispanics to be buried there, eh?.....................
C) JUST A PLAIN OLD LIBTARD A$$hole.....................
C is the correct answer............
Jesus and the Cross are offensive to people because His Name and symbol boldly state
“nothing you can do will ever be good enough to save you from hell”
‘Jesus’, swastika. Those are exactly the same thing.
Probably. . .most certainly not a Christian of any type.
At first they told us it wouldnt fit, Adams told me. But after we kept pushing them the cemetery director told us that it might offend somebody. They werent going to allow it. The family was devastated and asked the cemetery director to reconsider. He refused. He said, What if somebody wanted to put a swastika? she recounted. My reply was, so what if they do? Its not my business how they want to be remembered....[Sterling Colorado] City Manager Joe Kiolbasa told 9news.com they would no longer censor religious references on headstones and cemetery markers. He said the cemetery manager made a mistake.
Ping for later
Obama made certain that Osama(’s double) got full rights,
as did the switched remains of US veterans KIA,
cursed before their families by Obama’s chosen Imam.
Wait for the day when all the gravestones with any Christian or Jewish acknowledgement are taken down. Most before the 1930s had scripture on them or references to the Lord and heaven. All the stones of our military will have the crosses and star of David removed.
This is why this country is done for. Liberals and illegals infesting virtually every part of this country.
Their first inclination and duty is not ‘work’; it is in infecting all levels of government and the rule of law to rid their sensibilities of God, Christ, Jesus, Patriotism, Sovereignty and Honor. Atheists, Muslims, Agnostics and Humanists all.
Their allegiance is to evil, nothing more.
As I repeatedly point out to those I know of either no religion, or a non Christian religion, if they think this has nothing to do with them, they are very much mistaken. After the state is done with the “offensive” Christians, they will be next.
But, as always, they are stupidly clueless.
What’s with Townhall asking for your facebook id to sign in and keeping your contacts, birthdays, etc???? Yikes!
Seems like the city should not be in the business of owning cemeteries, except maybe for the burial of indigent or paupers or whatever the terminology is.
The underlying problem here is government intrusion into religious *sacraments*. Unless religions put their foot down and reject government involvement, they will discover themselves entirely co-opted by government.
Marriage has been taken away from religion (and corrupted) by government. As has the registration of birth, now by the government instead of churches. Now burial is being taken away (and as this article notes, they are trying to corrupt it).
Government *definitely* wants to involve itself with confession (”Or else the terrorists win!”), by monitoring what is said directly, or at least by being able to legally coerce priests, pastors and ministers to break the privacy of the confessional (like the government broke doctor-patient privacy with the HIPAA Act (thank you, W. Bush)).
I imagine also that administering last rites to the dying will be taken away from clergy, likely because of euthanasia. Since murderous medical people can kill at the time of their choosing, they will choose to do so, involuntarily, when there are no witnesses around, especially clergy.
I just wonder how the government will try to horn in to the rites of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist?
I don’t believe so.
There are only two “sides”, Christ vs all who oppose Him.
The other “religions” are supported by the left because they are on the same side of this dichotomy.
Yep...I’d rather deal with the devil, who is honest about who he is, than a person who denies he exists!
The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination, shall forever hereafter be guaranteed; and no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege or capacity, on account of his opinions concerning religion; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be construed to dispense with oaths or affirmations, excuse acts of licentiousness or justify practices inconsistent with the good order, peace or safety of the state. No person shall be required to attend or support any ministry or place of worship, religious sect or denomination against his consent. Nor shall any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship.
"Slop sucking heathens", now that's creative!
This gentleman thought it may have been objectionable to someone because of the Christian connotation, Kiolbasa told the television station. It will be allowed in the future..
This is just sooo wrong on a few fronts. And I ain't even what you'd call a "good Christian". Sounds like these azzhats want folks to come 'round with their hats in their hands asking permission from en high to show their beliefs. And I like the way they blamed it on the "low level" cat instead of the whole chain of city leaders who participated in this debacle.
This chit's gettin' old. Quickly.
Just curious. . .who was the first person to deny the request, and was this person perhaps a) atheist or b) muslime.
Just asking. . .
The sad thing is - that person probably thinks they are a Christian. If so - this should be there memory verse for today....
And comparing Jesus to a swastika??!!
This monster’s head needs to roll and he needs to be at the back of the unemployment line. He needs to be reminded daily of what he said.
If they said it was a tribute to their illegal alien uncle who just wanted the Dream Act to pass,but died before seeing it pass due to evil tea party types, it would be applauded and probably engraved for free.
It is easier than that:
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. - John 14:6
Just believe in him.
I’ll never forget quoting that to my libinlaw, and her reply of “he didn’t mean it THAT way”.
But if it was an illegal named “Jesus”? No problemo.
Who tries to censor Jesus from a cemetery?
A petty, mean-spirited little troll.
Ouch! That's gonna leave a mark!
This clown had a chance to make it right, after the cemetery manager said no, but he didn't, he rejected them as well.
Now who was just thrown under the bus by the City Manager? The cemetery manager, I guess excrement really does roll down hill. HAHA!
Stupid aholes, I hope they get wirebrushed about this real good.
1 Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities. 2 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples 3 and said to Him, Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?
4 Jesus answered and said to them, Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.
You are missing my point. It doesn’t matter what religion it is, the state is eventually going after it. The left’s approach is always incrementalism. They will come after the Jews in this country. They are fostering a lot of Antisemitism, it’s just not getting reported except by places like Front Page Magazine.
The muzzies might end up on top at the end, but I don’t think so. The despots will use them and then go after them last. In the final analysis, ALL religion is the enemy of the state except in a theocracy.
Looks like the “malicious, godless, slop-sucking heathen” are in charge in that city.
No, I'm not missing the point. I'm saying the above is simply WRONG.
I'm not missing the point. I'm telling you the left/State is not "anti-religion", they're anti-CHRISTIAN.
I fully understood what you're trying to say. I'm pointing out that it's not true.
Let me say I include believing Jews in that statement as well.
The left hates God’s people and His Word.
They will side with anyone or anything that helps them to destroy His influence. (Homos, Muslims, Communists, etc).
Shoulda just said that the name referred to an illegal alien pal of her husband’s.
Then they’d have kissed her *ss all day long.
Sorry, still disagree with you. History shows the state will eventually go after other religions. That’s why I used the term incrementalism. Christianity is the first & primary target. Take it down and the rest fall like dominos.
Dear Mayor of Sterling Colorado,
You have in your city administration, personnel of demonstrated incompetance. If you do not have the courage and integritity to FIRE these individuals, the voters of Sterling need to reconsider their choice of Mayor.
Perhaps gravity and Occam may supply the explanation for the ‘Sterling’ performance of the officious in Sterling, Colorado.
First, as Google shows, there is a large prison facility near Sterling, so an authoritarian streak is well funded in that area’s people.
Note that Sterling is east of Denver and Denver is east of Boulder. Boulder is at the highest altitude and is the most Liberal.
Consider the SRDH concept. SRDH (Sh*t Runs Down Hill) would explain how Boulder Dementia Syndrome spread to Denver and thence eastward to Sterling.
As Occam said, Simplest hypothesis is best.
Conclusion: Liberal SRDH is approaching you. Are you prepared?
I live in California where we have thousands of Jesus Rodriguezs, Gonzalezes, etc. Betcha there are plenty of headstones with Jesus on them here.
Sounds in the end like somebody bit into the Kiolbasa.
Sounds like no one in the town ‘gubmint has a name. Feckin’ pinko-commie robots.
“Sterling City Manager Joe Kiolbasa told 9news.com they would no longer censor religious references on headstones and cemetery markers. He said the cemetery manager made a mistake. This gentleman thought it may have been objectionable to someone because of the Christian connotation, Kiolbasa told the television station. It will be allowed in the future.
FYI. Anyway, they only backed down due to the bad publicity.