June 22, 2017
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A federal judge in Pensacola, Florida, has ordered a 30-foot cross that was erected by the Jaycees in Bayview Park in 1969 (replacing a wooden one that had been there since 1941) to be removed within 30 days after precisely four people backed by two atheist groups filed a complaint. The judge acknowledged that the cross had wide public support and that the Founders would have found this lawsuit “absurd,” and if he were ruling on a blank slate, he would leave it alone. But “the law is the law,” and he was forced by precedent to order it removed as a purely religious symbol on public property.

A spokeswoman for one of the humanist groups that filed the lawsuit said, "The cross was totally unavoidable to park patrons” (did they continually bump into it?) “and to have citizens foot the bill for such a religious symbol is both unfair and unconstitutional.” Question: what bill? It was a gift from the Jaycees that had been standing in the park for 48 years. Moving it out of the park will generate a bill that citizens will have to foot. Perhaps the four atheists whose hearts bleed so for the poor beleaguered taxpayers would like to cover that bill, since they’re the only ones who were offended and they’re the reason it has to be relocated.


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Meanwhile, you might want to visit Arlington National Cemetery and pay your respects to all the fallen heroes before someone files a lawsuit demanding that all the thousands of crosses on public land be removed from their graves.

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  • Judi Fey

    06/23/2017 01:34 PM

    Time to get the government out of health care completely. Keep ACA (except remove all the taxes and fees on non-healthcare stuff) for 2018 and tell health insurers and the public that in 2019 they need to be prepared with plans. Consumers can shop across state lines, people can select parts of plans they need and not what they don't need (seniors do not need birth control or maternity, e.g.). People can have tax free health savings accounts that never expire. Let health care providers negotiate with drug companies for better prices on drugs. Let capitalism and the market place take over. Keep Medicaid for those who truly need it (no illegals) and keep Medicare (we have paid for that our whole careers). Easy peasy. No one can complain. It's fair for everyone. It's doesn't favor one group or another. It's a huge burden off the taxpayer and the government. It helps lower the national debt. It's easy to promote. It stops the obstruction (both R and D) in Congress and lets Congress move on to tax reform.

  • Karen Hendley

    06/23/2017 01:27 PM

    Thank you Governor for bringing this to everyone's attention. If we as Christians don't start standing up for what we believe pretty soon, it will be too late for our children. The left is taking away flags and statues and rewriting our history. Pray for our country.

  • David F Czulewicz

    06/23/2017 01:21 PM

    The judges ruling should have read as follows :
    The cross must be moved within 30 days of the date the last cross is moved from Arlington Cemetery.

  • Leigh Crane-Freeman

    06/23/2017 01:18 PM

    Law used to be based on principle, and the principle(s) was based on the Constitution, and the Constitution was based on the Spirit of God. That is so simple. So clear. But when decisions are made based on subjective, precedent rulings then things get muddy, and dirty. It's no wonder there is so much confusion!

  • Maxine R. Erickson

    06/23/2017 01:16 PM

    The cross represents the "Lord gave His life that those believing / faith in Him and those who still seek Him same, can have life eternal. A gift, don't have to earn, but accept in faith. This is one they hate, who will judge they go to Hell- end of life -or heaven to life eternal. It is against God, not man. We reap what we sow. Pray they find the Lord God before it is to late.

  • Cheryl Pieper

    06/23/2017 01:15 PM

    I believe every Christian should put up crosses in their yard. I am sure some areas may have restrictions on this. But who ever can should do so. There is power in the people. It is sure sad what is happening in this country and if our founding fathers would have know somethings I am sure they would have been more clear on things. Thanks for all you do. Put up that cross,I am.

  • kathleen wood

    06/23/2017 01:14 PM

    Where is their tolerance for those who do not believe as they do? Are they that insistant that all religious expression be wiped away from any"public" arena? Does that mean certain groups no longer have free expression? Which groups? Reminds me of Bernie Sanders' comment that if one is a Christian one is unfit for any public service. What about Jews? Muslims? ONLY Christians? Ha ha..... Certainly a slippery slope isn't it!

  • Terrie Gipson

    06/23/2017 01:09 PM

    Does the ACLJ know about this case? I am sure they would work to keep the cross in place!

  • Barbara Colombo

    06/23/2017 01:05 PM

    What is happening to this country? It should be about embracing our differences, accepting other humans, like you, for having dissimilar ideas and opinions. Let's celebrate our individuality. If you cannot accept each being as an individual - then please keep it to yourself. Give Love - Bring Peace - Be Kind - Care about each other's Spirit - Stop the Hatred !

  • Michael Osborne

    06/23/2017 01:03 PM

    A very, very, sad thing! What is happening to our country? I am just angry that this country has been so divided by the last administration. Something needs to be done to stop this ridiculousness!

  • Lester Barnard

    06/23/2017 01:02 PM

    Spot on Govenor, spot on.

  • William Van Skiver

    06/23/2017 01:01 PM

    Dear Mike,
    That was a great comparison you gave about including all of the crosses at the Arlington National Cemetery....I couldn't have given a better one!
    I see this as one of the many residual effects from the Obama era. How's that one might ask? Simply put, because this, like so many other things that have occurred over the past 8 years have never been contemplated. Might I add another example where not long ago, earlier this year in fact, where in a Jewish cemetery, I forget where, many headstones were tipped over, as a clear gesture of anti Semitism. I pray President Trump can somehow help put a stop to this and stick these people in a box where they belong. I've also read far too many stories, and received mailings in the past few years from folks like Lt. Col Allen West, where again because of Obama, our military throughout was having their Christian faith trampled on, and worse yet, military chaplains were prohibited from invoking the name of Jesus Christ in their sermons for fear of being demoted, or worse,being dishonorably discharged and losing their pensions. Again, this has NEVER happened under any other president than Obama. And remember the 5 pastors in Texas about 3 or 4 years ago when our government wanted to see the contents of their sermons? I'm an honorably discharged 4-year Navy vet from '71-'75, and it makes my blood boil by what Obama has done to this nation overall. God bless President Trump!!!!

  • Warren Pugh

    06/23/2017 01:01 PM

    Sounds like it should have been grandfathered in. If a permit was isued way back when, shouldn't it be honored, and if not, should it still not be grandfathered in. Our Country is letting idiots push us around. We need laws to protect the values our country was founded on.

  • Toni M Robb

    06/23/2017 12:55 PM

    Is there a way for this to be stopped?

  • David Bauer

    06/23/2017 12:53 PM

    Amen to that Governor. Take me back to the quietness of the fifties, less violence, less media to corrupt our thinking and God was always in the forefront. I can't believe I am living in the USA with all the hatred that is being spewed about. We have always had differing opinions but were able to live in peace with each other..... not today !!! Everything offends someone .., when is it going to end ... what has happened to the "majority rule" concept ... those that have issues are a small minority but they have taken over the rights of the majority...

  • Cheryl Woltemate

    06/23/2017 12:49 PM

    There's just no logic to their thinking. Yes! Think the atheists should get the bill to remove the cross!

  • Dr Safwat t Bishara

    06/23/2017 12:37 PM

    Since the 1960s some have been trying to remove the Creator from our lives. Darkness and light are mutually exclusive.
    God in His greatness never force Himself upon man. He had honored man by bestowing freedom on him.
    Well, how did we fare without Him??

  • David Bauer

    06/23/2017 12:37 PM

    Removal of the crosses represents discrimination against people who voted to express their faith in a shared symbol of Christianity. This judge must be a spineless, closeted, left-wing liberal. Christian groups ought to file a legal challenge this decision. This could go to the Supreme Court to make a ruling.

  • David Bauer

    06/23/2017 12:37 PM

    Removal of the crosses represents discrimination against people who voted to express their faith in a shared symbol of Christianity. This judge must be a spineless, closeted, left-wing liberal. Christian groups ought to file a legal challenge this decision. This could go to the Supreme Court to make a ruling.

  • Swanhild Tess

    06/23/2017 12:36 PM

    My husband, a war veteran just returned from Arlington Cemetery on an "Honor Flight" from Milwaukee honoring the veterans of past wars. I have been there and also have felt the deep dignity those crosses represent. We have also visited cemeteries in Europe where some of our relatives are buried and the dedication of those foreign caretakers is humbling. Remove the cross in your ignorance, you poor souls...let it be known that it simply arouses a sense in us to be even more vigilant in our prayers for our Lord to forgive us and strengthen us to live lives that represent good and right behavior. He will prevail and prayerfully our thoughts and words will bring some joy to our Maker's heart! Thanks for your overviews...they do speak to us!

  • Elizabeth Qualls

    06/23/2017 12:35 PM

    Mike, when is the law going to be changed protecting us from these evil people; also, aren't there any judges man or woman enough to tell the atheists to take a hike-preferably out of the US!! We are in deep trouble if we don't defend our Savior Jesus!

  • Bo Ehrig

    06/23/2017 12:35 PM

    This does not surprise me. As the days grow darker we must be brighter. Look up our redemption is coming soon.
    I love your saying and use it all the time. "Learn to look at things horizontally not vertical. When you do that the world looks a lot different.
    Aloha from Hawaii

  • Carole Weaver

    06/23/2017 12:33 PM

    Mike,
    It's totally outrageous that just four people can cause a cross to be removed. No one is forcing them to look at it! What symbol of faith would they suggest replacing it with?
    Carole Weaver
    Tennessee

  • Evangelist Leonard

    06/23/2017 12:29 PM

    Hi Mr. Mike. It's astonishing, 4 ungodly people, complain, backed up with a couple of wicked groups, and,the Cross taken down! This is sadly happening across the nation, similar wicked groups coming against towns with a Cross etc,suing them, no one fights them for various rea$sons ,one town,a long time ago did fight. A Cross was taken down, and all the surrounding houses put up a Cross! We need Christians with a backbone! As Judge Roy Moore has and did ! We are praying for our President and our Nation .

  • James Barnett

    06/23/2017 12:28 PM

    4 Plaintiffs, but 3 were ruled to have no standing, so just one offended Citizen has the right to offend Thousands, if no Millions of Christian Citizens??? Also the original Cross was erected by Franklin D Roosevelt, as part of his public works projects for out of work youth! What part of Congress shall make No Law, has Pensacola Florida Violated and how can Florida Violate something that only restrains the Federal Government and Congress? Time for a Judicial Tyrant Cleansing in our Federal Judiciary, as apparently they no longer Rule based on our Constitution, or the Will of the Majority of Citizens, being Supreme in the USA! Even a Third grader could have done a better job than these so called experts on the Federal Bench! This should be challenged and the ruling ignored, by the City of Pensacola and the Florida Governor!

  • barbara miller

    06/23/2017 12:22 PM

    excuse me for being dense but why is the cross being removed and who is going to pay for its removal.it was a gift and a lot of people enjoy it and are comforted by it.the statue of liberty was a gift and has anyone asked for its removal and what would people say about it.

  • John Clark

    06/23/2017 12:16 PM

    "For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God" (I Corinthians 1:18).

  • Len Young

    06/23/2017 12:12 PM

    I treasure these times when liberal comments prove the authenticity of God's Word. The humanist said, "The cross was totally unavoidable to patrons...." That is in keeping with what the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 2:10-11, "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." The humanist (and all of us) must understand that she is correct - -"the cross is totally unavoidable..." both at this park, and in our standing before our Creator. "To them that perish, the preaching of the cross
    is foolishness, but unto us which are saved, it is the power of God." The cross truly is "unavoidable."

  • edmond farrell

    06/23/2017 12:10 PM

    your reference to the crosses for veterans might be a good idea to wake us up to these small attacks on religion and put a stop to them.

  • Bob Damaske

    06/23/2017 12:07 PM

    So Atheism and Humanism are not religions? Really shouldn't their views and faith be in the same basket with other people of faith. They have extraordinary faith in their own gods and certainly worship something. My atheist friends have strong faith. I think many folks drive by that cross and are reminded, like me to say , THANK YOU! No problem if folks drive by and just have their own thoughts.

  • Dennis Snyder

    06/23/2017 12:06 PM

    Sweet Jesus! Where are all of those supposed "Christians" with an opposing view, that might STAND to leave it right where it is? This country, and I might add, it's government, was based and founded on the principles of JESUS the Christ of Nazareth! The only reason this country was even established was so we might freely worship our precious LORD and SAVIOR! Hell-o?!?! Is anyone out there? Come quickly, Lord Jesus! Oh, I'm sorry! Did I offend someone? Look me up! I'll be the one standing on his knees for you! Thank you Michael for standing with us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God Bless . . . . Dennis

  • Steve Mattie

    06/23/2017 12:06 PM

    I wonder what's next? Check out ACLJ's "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Our Religious Heritage" - guess the atheists better start looking into lightweight jackhammers to remove some of these "offensive" images. Surely we would not want Atheists to have to endure "cross-induced, “dyspepsia [upset stomach], symptoms of depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish.” I get some of these symptoms on an airplane - maybe all air travel should be discontinued!

  • James Glenn Hairston

    06/23/2017 12:04 PM

    Now, wait just a minute! I am a Christian. I believe my Lord and Savior went to His earthly death upon a cross, the most horrid, inhumane instrument of execution in His day. I view the cross as a symbol of my faith. So....what's the issue with our atheist friends? I mean, we Christians should have as much right to display our symbol of faith as do the Atheists, who have NO religious symbol to display! Right? Just saying.......

  • John Henry Jones

    06/23/2017 12:02 PM

    Mike below is proof that this nation was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs and therefore any reference to God and Christ Jesus should not be removed from public land just because it offends someone who will not acknowledge God and Christ Jesus!
    WASHINGTON -- The United States has a very rich and substantial Judeo-Christian heritage. The nation's Founding Fathers believed the Bible to be the Word of God, and it shows.

    So, CBN News set out to see just how much our Christian heritage is on display in the nation's capitol.

    Washington D.C. is a city of power and influence, but it is also a city sparkling with the Christian heritage of this nation.

    Groups like the American Civil Liberties Union want the name of God and government to be separate, but that will be difficult in our nation's capitol.

    As a matter of fact, 17th and Constitution Ave. is a good place to start. Literally, within a few minutes walk, so many references to God appear that the ACLU very well might have a fit.

    Carrie Devorah is an investigative photo journalist behind the project "God in the Temples of Government." She searched and found signs of a godly heritage in Washington, D.C.

    "Here at 17th and Constitution, I found God," Devorah said.

    The Bible prophet Daniel is tucked behind bushes on the property of the Organization of American States building, which is partly funded by Congress. Many employees there did not know about the statue.

    "None of them had a clue where he was," she said. "I don't think anybody knows the condition he's in. He's made from concrete, and as you can see he's falling apart from weathering.

    "But I have faith in Daniel," she added fondly patting the statue near the inscribed word "liberty."

    Her tour progressed just down the block to an inscription at the Daughters of the American Revolution building. It features the following quote from President George Washington at the Constitutional Convention in 1787:

    "Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair. The event is in the hands of God."

    There is also an inscription from Proverbs 22:28.

    "Remove not the ancient landmark which thy fathers have set."

    The Department of the Interior looked like a run-of-the-mill government building, but Devorah revealed that behind one of the corner walls was a time capsule. Archaeologists placed a Bible in the capsule years ago.

    The statue of General Jose Artigas sits in the middle of the busy intersection on Constitution Ave., right on federal government property. The statue was adorned with cross-loops of gold braid décor-on Artigas' boot.

    "All it takes is one person to walk by and say I don't believe in God, I don't believe in religion," Devorah said. "And every time I look at that, it may be just be a decoration on a boot. But I see it as being a "cross" and I want it taken off," she said, making reference to those who are offended by Christian emblems.

    At the Korean Veterans' Memorial, the cross and the star of David were displayed right on the Korean wall.

    "It's almost like being a kid in a candy shop because there's so much to find," Devorah said.

    David Burton, president of The Christian Heritage Group, Wallbuilders agreed.

    "Just walk into the Rotunda (of the U.S. Capitol)," he said. "In the Rotunda, there are four paintings hanging on the wall. In those four paintings, you have two prayer meetings, a Bible study, and a baptism. That's just while walking into the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol!"

    Besides reference to God in the Washington Monument, the Capitol, and the Lincoln Memorial, God's name was mentioned at the National Archives, Senate and House Office Buildings, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Library of Congress.

    In the main reading room of the Library of Congress, there was a bronze statue of Moses holding The Ten Commandments.

    On the ceiling, a painting called "Judea," showed a young Israeli woman raising her hands in prayer to God. There were also Bible quotes on the walls.

    "The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth His handiwork," it reads. And, down the hallway in the main lobby, two Gutenberg Bibles were on display.

    In the National Archives, there was a bronze medallion on the floor, and right at the top of it were The Ten Commandments, front and center.

    At the Jefferson Memorial, God's name was mentioned numerous times, including the famous Jefferson quote, "God Who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?"

    At the Lincoln Memorial, words like "Nation Under God", "Bible" and "Pray" were inscribed everywhere in the building stones.

    In the Senate and House Office Buildings there was a plaque that read "In God We Trust."

    At the Washington Monument, the CBN News team managed to fit inside the dark stairway.

    Almost 200 carved plaques, donated by the states, hung in the stairway. Many of them displayed scripture verses from the Bible and quotes such as, "Search the Scriptures" and "Holiness to the Lord."

    On the outside aluminum tip, a Latin phrase was inscribed that read, "Laus Deo," which means "Praise Be To God."

    At the U.S. Supreme Court Building, The Ten Commandments were located in several different places including on the carved stone frieze on the front of the building. The statue showed Moses leaning his arm on The Ten Commandments. The commandments are also on the wall above the judge's courtroom bench.

    Even with all these references to God in the federal buildings, there are some judges who say God and government do not go together.

    "You have judges that say 'We don't believe that,'" Barton said. "And we don't like that 'religion in politics. So we're going to stop this.' And that's what we have today. That's why nearly every decision of the court will break down between whether they believe that the Constitution really means something it says, or whether they rewrite it according to their will."

    Scenes like The Ten Commandments monument in Alabama were being rolled away out of sight. But the reality is, God's name is chiseled in stone all around, and that is something that can not be disregarded.

    "I think it's being disregarded because it's politically incorrect," Devorah said. "I tease people about the P.C. I have -- the other P.C.: The 'pictorially correct'."

    Sometimes, you just can't argue with the evidence.

    The ACLU and other groups may try to remove God from the public square, but what they can't remove is the undeniable fact that the U.S. was born on the principles of Almighty God and the pictures are there to prove it.

    *Originally published July 2, 2004

  • John Henry Jones

    06/23/2017 12:01 PM

    Mike below is proof that this nation was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs and therefore any reference to God and Christ Jesus should not be removed from public land just because it offends someone who will not acknowledge God and Christ Jesus!
    WASHINGTON -- The United States has a very rich and substantial Judeo-Christian heritage. The nation's Founding Fathers believed the Bible to be the Word of God, and it shows.

    So, CBN News set out to see just how much our Christian heritage is on display in the nation's capitol.

    Washington D.C. is a city of power and influence, but it is also a city sparkling with the Christian heritage of this nation.

    Groups like the American Civil Liberties Union want the name of God and government to be separate, but that will be difficult in our nation's capitol.

    As a matter of fact, 17th and Constitution Ave. is a good place to start. Literally, within a few minutes walk, so many references to God appear that the ACLU very well might have a fit.

    Carrie Devorah is an investigative photo journalist behind the project "God in the Temples of Government." She searched and found signs of a godly heritage in Washington, D.C.

    "Here at 17th and Constitution, I found God," Devorah said.

    The Bible prophet Daniel is tucked behind bushes on the property of the Organization of American States building, which is partly funded by Congress. Many employees there did not know about the statue.

    "None of them had a clue where he was," she said. "I don't think anybody knows the condition he's in. He's made from concrete, and as you can see he's falling apart from weathering.

    "But I have faith in Daniel," she added fondly patting the statue near the inscribed word "liberty."

    Her tour progressed just down the block to an inscription at the Daughters of the American Revolution building. It features the following quote from President George Washington at the Constitutional Convention in 1787:

    "Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair. The event is in the hands of God."

    There is also an inscription from Proverbs 22:28.

    "Remove not the ancient landmark which thy fathers have set."

    The Department of the Interior looked like a run-of-the-mill government building, but Devorah revealed that behind one of the corner walls was a time capsule. Archaeologists placed a Bible in the capsule years ago.

    The statue of General Jose Artigas sits in the middle of the busy intersection on Constitution Ave., right on federal government property. The statue was adorned with cross-loops of gold braid décor-on Artigas' boot.

    "All it takes is one person to walk by and say I don't believe in God, I don't believe in religion," Devorah said. "And every time I look at that, it may be just be a decoration on a boot. But I see it as being a "cross" and I want it taken off," she said, making reference to those who are offended by Christian emblems.

    At the Korean Veterans' Memorial, the cross and the star of David were displayed right on the Korean wall.

    "It's almost like being a kid in a candy shop because there's so much to find," Devorah said.

    David Burton, president of The Christian Heritage Group, Wallbuilders agreed.

    "Just walk into the Rotunda (of the U.S. Capitol)," he said. "In the Rotunda, there are four paintings hanging on the wall. In those four paintings, you have two prayer meetings, a Bible study, and a baptism. That's just while walking into the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol!"

    Besides reference to God in the Washington Monument, the Capitol, and the Lincoln Memorial, God's name was mentioned at the National Archives, Senate and House Office Buildings, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Library of Congress.

    In the main reading room of the Library of Congress, there was a bronze statue of Moses holding The Ten Commandments.

    On the ceiling, a painting called "Judea," showed a young Israeli woman raising her hands in prayer to God. There were also Bible quotes on the walls.

    "The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth His handiwork," it reads. And, down the hallway in the main lobby, two Gutenberg Bibles were on display.

    In the National Archives, there was a bronze medallion on the floor, and right at the top of it were The Ten Commandments, front and center.

    At the Jefferson Memorial, God's name was mentioned numerous times, including the famous Jefferson quote, "God Who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?"

    At the Lincoln Memorial, words like "Nation Under God", "Bible" and "Pray" were inscribed everywhere in the building stones.

    In the Senate and House Office Buildings there was a plaque that read "In God We Trust."

    At the Washington Monument, the CBN News team managed to fit inside the dark stairway.

    Almost 200 carved plaques, donated by the states, hung in the stairway. Many of them displayed scripture verses from the Bible and quotes such as, "Search the Scriptures" and "Holiness to the Lord."

    On the outside aluminum tip, a Latin phrase was inscribed that read, "Laus Deo," which means "Praise Be To God."

    At the U.S. Supreme Court Building, The Ten Commandments were located in several different places including on the carved stone frieze on the front of the building. The statue showed Moses leaning his arm on The Ten Commandments. The commandments are also on the wall above the judge's courtroom bench.

    Even with all these references to God in the federal buildings, there are some judges who say God and government do not go together.

    "You have judges that say 'We don't believe that,'" Barton said. "And we don't like that 'religion in politics. So we're going to stop this.' And that's what we have today. That's why nearly every decision of the court will break down between whether they believe that the Constitution really means something it says, or whether they rewrite it according to their will."

    Scenes like The Ten Commandments monument in Alabama were being rolled away out of sight. But the reality is, God's name is chiseled in stone all around, and that is something that can not be disregarded.

    "I think it's being disregarded because it's politically incorrect," Devorah said. "I tease people about the P.C. I have -- the other P.C.: The 'pictorially correct'."

    Sometimes, you just can't argue with the evidence.

    The ACLU and other groups may try to remove God from the public square, but what they can't remove is the undeniable fact that the U.S. was born on the principles of Almighty God and the pictures are there to prove it.

    *Originally published July 2, 2004

  • Gary Ryno

    06/23/2017 12:01 PM

    Governor, Why is it these judges always seem to cow-tow to, in this case, four people! What ever happened to majority rules ?

  • Henry Flynn

    06/23/2017 12:00 PM

    A law suit should be filed against the people who insist on removing the cross. The removal of the cross is discrimination against those who want the cross to stay, which are in the majority!

  • Bennye St.Claire

    06/23/2017 11:59 AM

    Like most veterans I am fully aware of this type of argument. Like you say why don't they have the crosses removed from Arlington? It would set up a roar from the veterans in this country that you could hear quite clearly from Europe without any electronic devices. I personally think it is time for the veterans of this country to set up a roar against those that would deflower the freedoms we gave our years to protect and some gave their lives to protect.

  • Susan Palladino

    06/23/2017 11:59 AM

    I think this totally outrageous. When are Christians going to have any rights? We need to all stand together. Take this case to the Supreme Court the hell with the local judge.

  • Art Schefler

    06/23/2017 11:59 AM

    A recent ruling by the SCOTUS said that the name of a band "Slants" was freedom of speech and cannot be an endorsement by the government. Shouldn't that apply to confederate statues and crosses?

  • Martha Jan Anderson

    06/23/2017 11:58 AM

    Yes, it is absurd......another biting into this atheistic agenda. It shows how our country is being led down the path of Islam. I also read that they have a plan and I think they are right on with their agenda. I read that a state has passed a law that says if anyone is critical or expresses disdain, etc, about the Islam religion that they can be sued. And I also read that Islam is being taught in some schools! The Muslims are doing this through fear....just like they do in every
    country they try to control. Our people should rise up against this. Let's have a march on
    Washington!!!! We must fight this ideology......With the head of the Democratic Party a socialist/communist and the second man in charge, a muslim, we are in for a fighting future!!!! Our Judeo-Christian heritage is fast leaving us, and we are letting that happen.

  • Linda S Cromer

    06/23/2017 11:57 AM

    this is becoming a huge matter. Somewhere this has got to be stopped. Why should one or four people decide an issue. your comment regarding the complainants should pay is a good idea. Christians need to start standing up and fighting too. Does anyone for the Cross go to the court hearings and protest, or show support or are we just laying down, being "peacemakers?" God expects us to defend Him. How can we unless we absolutely fight? Any ideas?? Maybe the Christians should all march to Washington D.C. and where ever to show our unity and start fighting for Jesus. Stand up for our Christian beliefs.

  • mary mootoo

    06/23/2017 11:55 AM

    There is so much hatred and evil against us who believe The Bible. They resent us & The Lord also and everything that represents HIM. Let us continue to be strong in the Faith and though the road be rough, Hebrews 13:5. Christ will never leave us nor forsake us. Judgment day is coming, Hope in The Lord. He has saved those who put their trust in HIM.

  • Rick Haley

    06/23/2017 11:53 AM

    Mr. Huckabee,
    Fellow Arkansan here, I recommend we erect a picture frame (blank with nothing inside it) beside the Cross with a caption that reads "Full and detailed explaination of what athiests beliefs consist of". Wouldn't that make it equal? Then we could let everyone choose their eternity.
    Thanks
    Rick
    WooPig

  • Dave Laman

    06/23/2017 11:53 AM

    This is heartbreaking! I was of the understanding that the majority ruled in the United States? I totally agree that if a few people want to change or destroy the heritage that others hold dear, then the few should pay any and all costs involved in that decision. If this judge realized the stupidity of this suit, then why didn't he/she just not give it a hearing? He should have just not given it lip service!

  • Mary Redeker

    06/23/2017 11:51 AM

    Our country is based upon values that are good and truthful. The citizens of this town decided that the cross was worthy of public display. How is it that a judge can't find grounds to leave it? I'm offended by no religious symbols that represent the Christian "good" towns with one or more politically correct citizens and political correct atheist watch groups. Where are the laws that protect my public point of view? Did the judge over reach on his interpretation of the law? The least he could have done was to offer this cross to someone who could display it on private property. Our church built a 10 Commandant Monument for display on our property. We've not had one complaint about it and many people drive by and see it all the time. We've had several compliments on the monument. I smile every time I see it. These monuments help to influence goodness in most people since it is a symbol of goodness. This world needs lots of prayer and I remain strong in my belief that this country can be great again. Let's get the swamp drained! Thank you, Mr. Huckabee, for your continuous PR to help to better understand what is going on. Knowledge is power!

  • Barbara Friedman

    06/23/2017 11:49 AM

    Govenor HUCKABEE:
    I am an American born citizen of Jewish faith. I am 75 years old and I mentioned that because in my day there was respect and courtesy and kindness. My father taught us that if everyone lived up to the highest ideals of their own religion you probably wouldn't be able to tell one from another. His entire family was shot and killed in the woods of Poland in the 30's. My grandparents came to Ellis Island and kissed the ground.... BECAUSE NOW THEY WOULD HAVE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. As a Jewish woman, when I hear a religious symbol has been removed... it makes me sick to my stomach. I love Christmas trees; I love Christmas music. Anti-Semitism saddens me. ALL CHRISTIANS, both Democratic and Republican, need to demand their religion be respected.... Because as a Jewish woman I know the horrible consequences of remaining silent.

  • Charles Barnes

    06/23/2017 11:49 AM

    Such ridicules suits should be so worked that all expenses are chargeable to those filing the suit.

  • Pat Thomas

    06/23/2017 11:48 AM

    This stuff is getting out of hand. This is not America. This is global government, George Soros, Obama, HC, and DemocRATic garbage, with "honorable mention" to anti-fa and blm, to divide and destroy this country. They want "their agenda" in place. This country is becoming more and more alien to me, and I have lived here all my life. I keep praying that the people who are "causing this problem" are dealt with, severely. I know our President has a lot "on his plate" but I have always thought, he should have "DRAINED THE SWAMP" FIRST. That's what a company does, when it buys a new company--it gets rid of the "DEAD WEIGHT".

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    06/23/2017 11:47 AM

    Should one place a RAINBOW which would totally offend the Christian sector and would those offended speak out? The problem here is one of a VOICE...Christians DO NOT speak for fear of reprisal...or they just brush it of thinking GOD will take care of this...JESUS spoke up the temple showing His contempt for those who used the area for gain...Why can't we Christians finally say "Enough is Enough; I have a right also"....

June 22, 2017
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A federal judge in Pensacola, Florida, has ordered a 30-foot cross that was erected by the Jaycees in Bayview Park in 1969 (replacing a wooden one that had been there since 1941) to be removed within 30 days after precisely four people backed by two atheist groups filed a complaint. The judge acknowledged that the cross had wide public support and that the Founders would have found this lawsuit “absurd,” and if he were ruling on a blank slate, he would leave it alone. But “the law is the law,” and he was forced by precedent to order it removed as a purely religious symbol on public property.

A spokeswoman for one of the humanist groups that filed the lawsuit said, "The cross was totally unavoidable to park patrons” (did they continually bump into it?) “and to have citizens foot the bill for such a religious symbol is both unfair and unconstitutional.” Question: what bill? It was a gift from the Jaycees that had been standing in the park for 48 years. Moving it out of the park will generate a bill that citizens will have to foot. Perhaps the four atheists whose hearts bleed so for the poor beleaguered taxpayers would like to cover that bill, since they’re the only ones who were offended and they’re the reason it has to be relocated.


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  • Judi Fey

    06/23/2017 01:34 PM

    Time to get the government out of health care completely. Keep ACA (except remove all the taxes and fees on non-healthcare stuff) for 2018 and tell health insurers and the public that in 2019 they need to be prepared with plans. Consumers can shop across state lines, people can select parts of plans they need and not what they don't need (seniors do not need birth control or maternity, e.g.). People can have tax free health savings accounts that never expire. Let health care providers negotiate with drug companies for better prices on drugs. Let capitalism and the market place take over. Keep Medicaid for those who truly need it (no illegals) and keep Medicare (we have paid for that our whole careers). Easy peasy. No one can complain. It's fair for everyone. It's doesn't favor one group or another. It's a huge burden off the taxpayer and the government. It helps lower the national debt. It's easy to promote. It stops the obstruction (both R and D) in Congress and lets Congress move on to tax reform.

  • Karen Hendley

    06/23/2017 01:27 PM

    Thank you Governor for bringing this to everyone's attention. If we as Christians don't start standing up for what we believe pretty soon, it will be too late for our children. The left is taking away flags and statues and rewriting our history. Pray for our country.

  • David F Czulewicz

    06/23/2017 01:21 PM

    The judges ruling should have read as follows :
    The cross must be moved within 30 days of the date the last cross is moved from Arlington Cemetery.

  • Leigh Crane-Freeman

    06/23/2017 01:18 PM

    Law used to be based on principle, and the principle(s) was based on the Constitution, and the Constitution was based on the Spirit of God. That is so simple. So clear. But when decisions are made based on subjective, precedent rulings then things get muddy, and dirty. It's no wonder there is so much confusion!

  • Maxine R. Erickson

    06/23/2017 01:16 PM

    The cross represents the "Lord gave His life that those believing / faith in Him and those who still seek Him same, can have life eternal. A gift, don't have to earn, but accept in faith. This is one they hate, who will judge they go to Hell- end of life -or heaven to life eternal. It is against God, not man. We reap what we sow. Pray they find the Lord God before it is to late.

  • Cheryl Pieper

    06/23/2017 01:15 PM

    I believe every Christian should put up crosses in their yard. I am sure some areas may have restrictions on this. But who ever can should do so. There is power in the people. It is sure sad what is happening in this country and if our founding fathers would have know somethings I am sure they would have been more clear on things. Thanks for all you do. Put up that cross,I am.

  • kathleen wood

    06/23/2017 01:14 PM

    Where is their tolerance for those who do not believe as they do? Are they that insistant that all religious expression be wiped away from any"public" arena? Does that mean certain groups no longer have free expression? Which groups? Reminds me of Bernie Sanders' comment that if one is a Christian one is unfit for any public service. What about Jews? Muslims? ONLY Christians? Ha ha..... Certainly a slippery slope isn't it!

  • Terrie Gipson

    06/23/2017 01:09 PM

    Does the ACLJ know about this case? I am sure they would work to keep the cross in place!

  • Barbara Colombo

    06/23/2017 01:05 PM

    What is happening to this country? It should be about embracing our differences, accepting other humans, like you, for having dissimilar ideas and opinions. Let's celebrate our individuality. If you cannot accept each being as an individual - then please keep it to yourself. Give Love - Bring Peace - Be Kind - Care about each other's Spirit - Stop the Hatred !

  • Michael Osborne

    06/23/2017 01:03 PM

    A very, very, sad thing! What is happening to our country? I am just angry that this country has been so divided by the last administration. Something needs to be done to stop this ridiculousness!

  • Lester Barnard

    06/23/2017 01:02 PM

    Spot on Govenor, spot on.

  • William Van Skiver

    06/23/2017 01:01 PM

    Dear Mike,
    That was a great comparison you gave about including all of the crosses at the Arlington National Cemetery....I couldn't have given a better one!
    I see this as one of the many residual effects from the Obama era. How's that one might ask? Simply put, because this, like so many other things that have occurred over the past 8 years have never been contemplated. Might I add another example where not long ago, earlier this year in fact, where in a Jewish cemetery, I forget where, many headstones were tipped over, as a clear gesture of anti Semitism. I pray President Trump can somehow help put a stop to this and stick these people in a box where they belong. I've also read far too many stories, and received mailings in the past few years from folks like Lt. Col Allen West, where again because of Obama, our military throughout was having their Christian faith trampled on, and worse yet, military chaplains were prohibited from invoking the name of Jesus Christ in their sermons for fear of being demoted, or worse,being dishonorably discharged and losing their pensions. Again, this has NEVER happened under any other president than Obama. And remember the 5 pastors in Texas about 3 or 4 years ago when our government wanted to see the contents of their sermons? I'm an honorably discharged 4-year Navy vet from '71-'75, and it makes my blood boil by what Obama has done to this nation overall. God bless President Trump!!!!

  • Warren Pugh

    06/23/2017 01:01 PM

    Sounds like it should have been grandfathered in. If a permit was isued way back when, shouldn't it be honored, and if not, should it still not be grandfathered in. Our Country is letting idiots push us around. We need laws to protect the values our country was founded on.

  • Toni M Robb

    06/23/2017 12:55 PM

    Is there a way for this to be stopped?

  • David Bauer

    06/23/2017 12:53 PM

    Amen to that Governor. Take me back to the quietness of the fifties, less violence, less media to corrupt our thinking and God was always in the forefront. I can't believe I am living in the USA with all the hatred that is being spewed about. We have always had differing opinions but were able to live in peace with each other..... not today !!! Everything offends someone .., when is it going to end ... what has happened to the "majority rule" concept ... those that have issues are a small minority but they have taken over the rights of the majority...

  • Cheryl Woltemate

    06/23/2017 12:49 PM

    There's just no logic to their thinking. Yes! Think the atheists should get the bill to remove the cross!

  • Dr Safwat t Bishara

    06/23/2017 12:37 PM

    Since the 1960s some have been trying to remove the Creator from our lives. Darkness and light are mutually exclusive.
    God in His greatness never force Himself upon man. He had honored man by bestowing freedom on him.
    Well, how did we fare without Him??

  • David Bauer

    06/23/2017 12:37 PM

    Removal of the crosses represents discrimination against people who voted to express their faith in a shared symbol of Christianity. This judge must be a spineless, closeted, left-wing liberal. Christian groups ought to file a legal challenge this decision. This could go to the Supreme Court to make a ruling.

  • David Bauer

    06/23/2017 12:37 PM

    Removal of the crosses represents discrimination against people who voted to express their faith in a shared symbol of Christianity. This judge must be a spineless, closeted, left-wing liberal. Christian groups ought to file a legal challenge this decision. This could go to the Supreme Court to make a ruling.

  • Swanhild Tess

    06/23/2017 12:36 PM

    My husband, a war veteran just returned from Arlington Cemetery on an "Honor Flight" from Milwaukee honoring the veterans of past wars. I have been there and also have felt the deep dignity those crosses represent. We have also visited cemeteries in Europe where some of our relatives are buried and the dedication of those foreign caretakers is humbling. Remove the cross in your ignorance, you poor souls...let it be known that it simply arouses a sense in us to be even more vigilant in our prayers for our Lord to forgive us and strengthen us to live lives that represent good and right behavior. He will prevail and prayerfully our thoughts and words will bring some joy to our Maker's heart! Thanks for your overviews...they do speak to us!

  • Elizabeth Qualls

    06/23/2017 12:35 PM

    Mike, when is the law going to be changed protecting us from these evil people; also, aren't there any judges man or woman enough to tell the atheists to take a hike-preferably out of the US!! We are in deep trouble if we don't defend our Savior Jesus!

  • Bo Ehrig

    06/23/2017 12:35 PM

    This does not surprise me. As the days grow darker we must be brighter. Look up our redemption is coming soon.
    I love your saying and use it all the time. "Learn to look at things horizontally not vertical. When you do that the world looks a lot different.
    Aloha from Hawaii

  • Carole Weaver

    06/23/2017 12:33 PM

    Mike,
    It's totally outrageous that just four people can cause a cross to be removed. No one is forcing them to look at it! What symbol of faith would they suggest replacing it with?
    Carole Weaver
    Tennessee

  • Evangelist Leonard

    06/23/2017 12:29 PM

    Hi Mr. Mike. It's astonishing, 4 ungodly people, complain, backed up with a couple of wicked groups, and,the Cross taken down! This is sadly happening across the nation, similar wicked groups coming against towns with a Cross etc,suing them, no one fights them for various rea$sons ,one town,a long time ago did fight. A Cross was taken down, and all the surrounding houses put up a Cross! We need Christians with a backbone! As Judge Roy Moore has and did ! We are praying for our President and our Nation .

  • James Barnett

    06/23/2017 12:28 PM

    4 Plaintiffs, but 3 were ruled to have no standing, so just one offended Citizen has the right to offend Thousands, if no Millions of Christian Citizens??? Also the original Cross was erected by Franklin D Roosevelt, as part of his public works projects for out of work youth! What part of Congress shall make No Law, has Pensacola Florida Violated and how can Florida Violate something that only restrains the Federal Government and Congress? Time for a Judicial Tyrant Cleansing in our Federal Judiciary, as apparently they no longer Rule based on our Constitution, or the Will of the Majority of Citizens, being Supreme in the USA! Even a Third grader could have done a better job than these so called experts on the Federal Bench! This should be challenged and the ruling ignored, by the City of Pensacola and the Florida Governor!

  • barbara miller

    06/23/2017 12:22 PM

    excuse me for being dense but why is the cross being removed and who is going to pay for its removal.it was a gift and a lot of people enjoy it and are comforted by it.the statue of liberty was a gift and has anyone asked for its removal and what would people say about it.

  • John Clark

    06/23/2017 12:16 PM

    "For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God" (I Corinthians 1:18).

  • Len Young

    06/23/2017 12:12 PM

    I treasure these times when liberal comments prove the authenticity of God's Word. The humanist said, "The cross was totally unavoidable to patrons...." That is in keeping with what the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 2:10-11, "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." The humanist (and all of us) must understand that she is correct - -"the cross is totally unavoidable..." both at this park, and in our standing before our Creator. "To them that perish, the preaching of the cross
    is foolishness, but unto us which are saved, it is the power of God." The cross truly is "unavoidable."

  • edmond farrell

    06/23/2017 12:10 PM

    your reference to the crosses for veterans might be a good idea to wake us up to these small attacks on religion and put a stop to them.

  • Bob Damaske

    06/23/2017 12:07 PM

    So Atheism and Humanism are not religions? Really shouldn't their views and faith be in the same basket with other people of faith. They have extraordinary faith in their own gods and certainly worship something. My atheist friends have strong faith. I think many folks drive by that cross and are reminded, like me to say , THANK YOU! No problem if folks drive by and just have their own thoughts.

  • Dennis Snyder

    06/23/2017 12:06 PM

    Sweet Jesus! Where are all of those supposed "Christians" with an opposing view, that might STAND to leave it right where it is? This country, and I might add, it's government, was based and founded on the principles of JESUS the Christ of Nazareth! The only reason this country was even established was so we might freely worship our precious LORD and SAVIOR! Hell-o?!?! Is anyone out there? Come quickly, Lord Jesus! Oh, I'm sorry! Did I offend someone? Look me up! I'll be the one standing on his knees for you! Thank you Michael for standing with us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God Bless . . . . Dennis

  • Steve Mattie

    06/23/2017 12:06 PM

    I wonder what's next? Check out ACLJ's "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Our Religious Heritage" - guess the atheists better start looking into lightweight jackhammers to remove some of these "offensive" images. Surely we would not want Atheists to have to endure "cross-induced, “dyspepsia [upset stomach], symptoms of depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish.” I get some of these symptoms on an airplane - maybe all air travel should be discontinued!

  • James Glenn Hairston

    06/23/2017 12:04 PM

    Now, wait just a minute! I am a Christian. I believe my Lord and Savior went to His earthly death upon a cross, the most horrid, inhumane instrument of execution in His day. I view the cross as a symbol of my faith. So....what's the issue with our atheist friends? I mean, we Christians should have as much right to display our symbol of faith as do the Atheists, who have NO religious symbol to display! Right? Just saying.......

  • John Henry Jones

    06/23/2017 12:02 PM

    Mike below is proof that this nation was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs and therefore any reference to God and Christ Jesus should not be removed from public land just because it offends someone who will not acknowledge God and Christ Jesus!
    WASHINGTON -- The United States has a very rich and substantial Judeo-Christian heritage. The nation's Founding Fathers believed the Bible to be the Word of God, and it shows.

    So, CBN News set out to see just how much our Christian heritage is on display in the nation's capitol.

    Washington D.C. is a city of power and influence, but it is also a city sparkling with the Christian heritage of this nation.

    Groups like the American Civil Liberties Union want the name of God and government to be separate, but that will be difficult in our nation's capitol.

    As a matter of fact, 17th and Constitution Ave. is a good place to start. Literally, within a few minutes walk, so many references to God appear that the ACLU very well might have a fit.

    Carrie Devorah is an investigative photo journalist behind the project "God in the Temples of Government." She searched and found signs of a godly heritage in Washington, D.C.

    "Here at 17th and Constitution, I found God," Devorah said.

    The Bible prophet Daniel is tucked behind bushes on the property of the Organization of American States building, which is partly funded by Congress. Many employees there did not know about the statue.

    "None of them had a clue where he was," she said. "I don't think anybody knows the condition he's in. He's made from concrete, and as you can see he's falling apart from weathering.

    "But I have faith in Daniel," she added fondly patting the statue near the inscribed word "liberty."

    Her tour progressed just down the block to an inscription at the Daughters of the American Revolution building. It features the following quote from President George Washington at the Constitutional Convention in 1787:

    "Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair. The event is in the hands of God."

    There is also an inscription from Proverbs 22:28.

    "Remove not the ancient landmark which thy fathers have set."

    The Department of the Interior looked like a run-of-the-mill government building, but Devorah revealed that behind one of the corner walls was a time capsule. Archaeologists placed a Bible in the capsule years ago.

    The statue of General Jose Artigas sits in the middle of the busy intersection on Constitution Ave., right on federal government property. The statue was adorned with cross-loops of gold braid décor-on Artigas' boot.

    "All it takes is one person to walk by and say I don't believe in God, I don't believe in religion," Devorah said. "And every time I look at that, it may be just be a decoration on a boot. But I see it as being a "cross" and I want it taken off," she said, making reference to those who are offended by Christian emblems.

    At the Korean Veterans' Memorial, the cross and the star of David were displayed right on the Korean wall.

    "It's almost like being a kid in a candy shop because there's so much to find," Devorah said.

    David Burton, president of The Christian Heritage Group, Wallbuilders agreed.

    "Just walk into the Rotunda (of the U.S. Capitol)," he said. "In the Rotunda, there are four paintings hanging on the wall. In those four paintings, you have two prayer meetings, a Bible study, and a baptism. That's just while walking into the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol!"

    Besides reference to God in the Washington Monument, the Capitol, and the Lincoln Memorial, God's name was mentioned at the National Archives, Senate and House Office Buildings, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Library of Congress.

    In the main reading room of the Library of Congress, there was a bronze statue of Moses holding The Ten Commandments.

    On the ceiling, a painting called "Judea," showed a young Israeli woman raising her hands in prayer to God. There were also Bible quotes on the walls.

    "The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth His handiwork," it reads. And, down the hallway in the main lobby, two Gutenberg Bibles were on display.

    In the National Archives, there was a bronze medallion on the floor, and right at the top of it were The Ten Commandments, front and center.

    At the Jefferson Memorial, God's name was mentioned numerous times, including the famous Jefferson quote, "God Who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?"

    At the Lincoln Memorial, words like "Nation Under God", "Bible" and "Pray" were inscribed everywhere in the building stones.

    In the Senate and House Office Buildings there was a plaque that read "In God We Trust."

    At the Washington Monument, the CBN News team managed to fit inside the dark stairway.

    Almost 200 carved plaques, donated by the states, hung in the stairway. Many of them displayed scripture verses from the Bible and quotes such as, "Search the Scriptures" and "Holiness to the Lord."

    On the outside aluminum tip, a Latin phrase was inscribed that read, "Laus Deo," which means "Praise Be To God."

    At the U.S. Supreme Court Building, The Ten Commandments were located in several different places including on the carved stone frieze on the front of the building. The statue showed Moses leaning his arm on The Ten Commandments. The commandments are also on the wall above the judge's courtroom bench.

    Even with all these references to God in the federal buildings, there are some judges who say God and government do not go together.

    "You have judges that say 'We don't believe that,'" Barton said. "And we don't like that 'religion in politics. So we're going to stop this.' And that's what we have today. That's why nearly every decision of the court will break down between whether they believe that the Constitution really means something it says, or whether they rewrite it according to their will."

    Scenes like The Ten Commandments monument in Alabama were being rolled away out of sight. But the reality is, God's name is chiseled in stone all around, and that is something that can not be disregarded.

    "I think it's being disregarded because it's politically incorrect," Devorah said. "I tease people about the P.C. I have -- the other P.C.: The 'pictorially correct'."

    Sometimes, you just can't argue with the evidence.

    The ACLU and other groups may try to remove God from the public square, but what they can't remove is the undeniable fact that the U.S. was born on the principles of Almighty God and the pictures are there to prove it.

    *Originally published July 2, 2004

  • John Henry Jones

    06/23/2017 12:01 PM

    Mike below is proof that this nation was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs and therefore any reference to God and Christ Jesus should not be removed from public land just because it offends someone who will not acknowledge God and Christ Jesus!
    WASHINGTON -- The United States has a very rich and substantial Judeo-Christian heritage. The nation's Founding Fathers believed the Bible to be the Word of God, and it shows.

    So, CBN News set out to see just how much our Christian heritage is on display in the nation's capitol.

    Washington D.C. is a city of power and influence, but it is also a city sparkling with the Christian heritage of this nation.

    Groups like the American Civil Liberties Union want the name of God and government to be separate, but that will be difficult in our nation's capitol.

    As a matter of fact, 17th and Constitution Ave. is a good place to start. Literally, within a few minutes walk, so many references to God appear that the ACLU very well might have a fit.

    Carrie Devorah is an investigative photo journalist behind the project "God in the Temples of Government." She searched and found signs of a godly heritage in Washington, D.C.

    "Here at 17th and Constitution, I found God," Devorah said.

    The Bible prophet Daniel is tucked behind bushes on the property of the Organization of American States building, which is partly funded by Congress. Many employees there did not know about the statue.

    "None of them had a clue where he was," she said. "I don't think anybody knows the condition he's in. He's made from concrete, and as you can see he's falling apart from weathering.

    "But I have faith in Daniel," she added fondly patting the statue near the inscribed word "liberty."

    Her tour progressed just down the block to an inscription at the Daughters of the American Revolution building. It features the following quote from President George Washington at the Constitutional Convention in 1787:

    "Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair. The event is in the hands of God."

    There is also an inscription from Proverbs 22:28.

    "Remove not the ancient landmark which thy fathers have set."

    The Department of the Interior looked like a run-of-the-mill government building, but Devorah revealed that behind one of the corner walls was a time capsule. Archaeologists placed a Bible in the capsule years ago.

    The statue of General Jose Artigas sits in the middle of the busy intersection on Constitution Ave., right on federal government property. The statue was adorned with cross-loops of gold braid décor-on Artigas' boot.

    "All it takes is one person to walk by and say I don't believe in God, I don't believe in religion," Devorah said. "And every time I look at that, it may be just be a decoration on a boot. But I see it as being a "cross" and I want it taken off," she said, making reference to those who are offended by Christian emblems.

    At the Korean Veterans' Memorial, the cross and the star of David were displayed right on the Korean wall.

    "It's almost like being a kid in a candy shop because there's so much to find," Devorah said.

    David Burton, president of The Christian Heritage Group, Wallbuilders agreed.

    "Just walk into the Rotunda (of the U.S. Capitol)," he said. "In the Rotunda, there are four paintings hanging on the wall. In those four paintings, you have two prayer meetings, a Bible study, and a baptism. That's just while walking into the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol!"

    Besides reference to God in the Washington Monument, the Capitol, and the Lincoln Memorial, God's name was mentioned at the National Archives, Senate and House Office Buildings, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Library of Congress.

    In the main reading room of the Library of Congress, there was a bronze statue of Moses holding The Ten Commandments.

    On the ceiling, a painting called "Judea," showed a young Israeli woman raising her hands in prayer to God. There were also Bible quotes on the walls.

    "The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth His handiwork," it reads. And, down the hallway in the main lobby, two Gutenberg Bibles were on display.

    In the National Archives, there was a bronze medallion on the floor, and right at the top of it were The Ten Commandments, front and center.

    At the Jefferson Memorial, God's name was mentioned numerous times, including the famous Jefferson quote, "God Who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?"

    At the Lincoln Memorial, words like "Nation Under God", "Bible" and "Pray" were inscribed everywhere in the building stones.

    In the Senate and House Office Buildings there was a plaque that read "In God We Trust."

    At the Washington Monument, the CBN News team managed to fit inside the dark stairway.

    Almost 200 carved plaques, donated by the states, hung in the stairway. Many of them displayed scripture verses from the Bible and quotes such as, "Search the Scriptures" and "Holiness to the Lord."

    On the outside aluminum tip, a Latin phrase was inscribed that read, "Laus Deo," which means "Praise Be To God."

    At the U.S. Supreme Court Building, The Ten Commandments were located in several different places including on the carved stone frieze on the front of the building. The statue showed Moses leaning his arm on The Ten Commandments. The commandments are also on the wall above the judge's courtroom bench.

    Even with all these references to God in the federal buildings, there are some judges who say God and government do not go together.

    "You have judges that say 'We don't believe that,'" Barton said. "And we don't like that 'religion in politics. So we're going to stop this.' And that's what we have today. That's why nearly every decision of the court will break down between whether they believe that the Constitution really means something it says, or whether they rewrite it according to their will."

    Scenes like The Ten Commandments monument in Alabama were being rolled away out of sight. But the reality is, God's name is chiseled in stone all around, and that is something that can not be disregarded.

    "I think it's being disregarded because it's politically incorrect," Devorah said. "I tease people about the P.C. I have -- the other P.C.: The 'pictorially correct'."

    Sometimes, you just can't argue with the evidence.

    The ACLU and other groups may try to remove God from the public square, but what they can't remove is the undeniable fact that the U.S. was born on the principles of Almighty God and the pictures are there to prove it.

    *Originally published July 2, 2004

  • Gary Ryno

    06/23/2017 12:01 PM

    Governor, Why is it these judges always seem to cow-tow to, in this case, four people! What ever happened to majority rules ?

  • Henry Flynn

    06/23/2017 12:00 PM

    A law suit should be filed against the people who insist on removing the cross. The removal of the cross is discrimination against those who want the cross to stay, which are in the majority!

  • Bennye St.Claire

    06/23/2017 11:59 AM

    Like most veterans I am fully aware of this type of argument. Like you say why don't they have the crosses removed from Arlington? It would set up a roar from the veterans in this country that you could hear quite clearly from Europe without any electronic devices. I personally think it is time for the veterans of this country to set up a roar against those that would deflower the freedoms we gave our years to protect and some gave their lives to protect.

  • Susan Palladino

    06/23/2017 11:59 AM

    I think this totally outrageous. When are Christians going to have any rights? We need to all stand together. Take this case to the Supreme Court the hell with the local judge.

  • Art Schefler

    06/23/2017 11:59 AM

    A recent ruling by the SCOTUS said that the name of a band "Slants" was freedom of speech and cannot be an endorsement by the government. Shouldn't that apply to confederate statues and crosses?

  • Martha Jan Anderson

    06/23/2017 11:58 AM

    Yes, it is absurd......another biting into this atheistic agenda. It shows how our country is being led down the path of Islam. I also read that they have a plan and I think they are right on with their agenda. I read that a state has passed a law that says if anyone is critical or expresses disdain, etc, about the Islam religion that they can be sued. And I also read that Islam is being taught in some schools! The Muslims are doing this through fear....just like they do in every
    country they try to control. Our people should rise up against this. Let's have a march on
    Washington!!!! We must fight this ideology......With the head of the Democratic Party a socialist/communist and the second man in charge, a muslim, we are in for a fighting future!!!! Our Judeo-Christian heritage is fast leaving us, and we are letting that happen.

  • Linda S Cromer

    06/23/2017 11:57 AM

    this is becoming a huge matter. Somewhere this has got to be stopped. Why should one or four people decide an issue. your comment regarding the complainants should pay is a good idea. Christians need to start standing up and fighting too. Does anyone for the Cross go to the court hearings and protest, or show support or are we just laying down, being "peacemakers?" God expects us to defend Him. How can we unless we absolutely fight? Any ideas?? Maybe the Christians should all march to Washington D.C. and where ever to show our unity and start fighting for Jesus. Stand up for our Christian beliefs.

  • mary mootoo

    06/23/2017 11:55 AM

    There is so much hatred and evil against us who believe The Bible. They resent us & The Lord also and everything that represents HIM. Let us continue to be strong in the Faith and though the road be rough, Hebrews 13:5. Christ will never leave us nor forsake us. Judgment day is coming, Hope in The Lord. He has saved those who put their trust in HIM.

  • Rick Haley

    06/23/2017 11:53 AM

    Mr. Huckabee,
    Fellow Arkansan here, I recommend we erect a picture frame (blank with nothing inside it) beside the Cross with a caption that reads "Full and detailed explaination of what athiests beliefs consist of". Wouldn't that make it equal? Then we could let everyone choose their eternity.
    Thanks
    Rick
    WooPig

  • Dave Laman

    06/23/2017 11:53 AM

    This is heartbreaking! I was of the understanding that the majority ruled in the United States? I totally agree that if a few people want to change or destroy the heritage that others hold dear, then the few should pay any and all costs involved in that decision. If this judge realized the stupidity of this suit, then why didn't he/she just not give it a hearing? He should have just not given it lip service!

  • Mary Redeker

    06/23/2017 11:51 AM

    Our country is based upon values that are good and truthful. The citizens of this town decided that the cross was worthy of public display. How is it that a judge can't find grounds to leave it? I'm offended by no religious symbols that represent the Christian "good" towns with one or more politically correct citizens and political correct atheist watch groups. Where are the laws that protect my public point of view? Did the judge over reach on his interpretation of the law? The least he could have done was to offer this cross to someone who could display it on private property. Our church built a 10 Commandant Monument for display on our property. We've not had one complaint about it and many people drive by and see it all the time. We've had several compliments on the monument. I smile every time I see it. These monuments help to influence goodness in most people since it is a symbol of goodness. This world needs lots of prayer and I remain strong in my belief that this country can be great again. Let's get the swamp drained! Thank you, Mr. Huckabee, for your continuous PR to help to better understand what is going on. Knowledge is power!

  • Barbara Friedman

    06/23/2017 11:49 AM

    Govenor HUCKABEE:
    I am an American born citizen of Jewish faith. I am 75 years old and I mentioned that because in my day there was respect and courtesy and kindness. My father taught us that if everyone lived up to the highest ideals of their own religion you probably wouldn't be able to tell one from another. His entire family was shot and killed in the woods of Poland in the 30's. My grandparents came to Ellis Island and kissed the ground.... BECAUSE NOW THEY WOULD HAVE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. As a Jewish woman, when I hear a religious symbol has been removed... it makes me sick to my stomach. I love Christmas trees; I love Christmas music. Anti-Semitism saddens me. ALL CHRISTIANS, both Democratic and Republican, need to demand their religion be respected.... Because as a Jewish woman I know the horrible consequences of remaining silent.

  • Charles Barnes

    06/23/2017 11:49 AM

    Such ridicules suits should be so worked that all expenses are chargeable to those filing the suit.

  • Pat Thomas

    06/23/2017 11:48 AM

    This stuff is getting out of hand. This is not America. This is global government, George Soros, Obama, HC, and DemocRATic garbage, with "honorable mention" to anti-fa and blm, to divide and destroy this country. They want "their agenda" in place. This country is becoming more and more alien to me, and I have lived here all my life. I keep praying that the people who are "causing this problem" are dealt with, severely. I know our President has a lot "on his plate" but I have always thought, he should have "DRAINED THE SWAMP" FIRST. That's what a company does, when it buys a new company--it gets rid of the "DEAD WEIGHT".

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    06/23/2017 11:47 AM

    Should one place a RAINBOW which would totally offend the Christian sector and would those offended speak out? The problem here is one of a VOICE...Christians DO NOT speak for fear of reprisal...or they just brush it of thinking GOD will take care of this...JESUS spoke up the temple showing His contempt for those who used the area for gain...Why can't we Christians finally say "Enough is Enough; I have a right also"....