Friday, October 21, 2011
The U.S. Forest Service has ordered the Knights of Columbus to remove a nearly 60-year-old World War Two memorial from Montana’s Big Mountain because the memorial includes a statue of Jesus.
“During WWII, many American soldiers found inspiration from religions icons, including similar statues of Jesus Christ, in the war ravaged towns and villages across Europe. When these brave young men returned home they wanted something to remind themselves and all Americans what kept them fighting during a time of terrible human loss and suffering.”
The statue, which has stood on Big Mountain in Whitefish, Mont., since 1953, is located on the grounds of Whitefish Mountain Resort on a section of land belonging to the Flathead National Forest.
In October of 1953 the U.S. Forest Service issued a special use permit to the Knights of Columbus Council #1328 for a 25-foot-by-25-foot square allowing for the placement of the Christ statue. Constructed of concrete with steel reinforcement in St. Paul, Minn., the statue was installed in 1955. It sits on a heavy plinth that extends deep into the ground, below the frost line, crews also erected a bronze plaque explaining the history of the Christ statue and how it got there.
Montana Congressman Denny Rehberg (R) is trying to convince the U.S. Forest Service to allow a Jesus statue that stands on national forest land, and has historical significance as a World War II memorial, to stay right where it is.
“Recent established case law (MUSLIM INFLUENCED) is not in favor of renewing a permit of this type,” said Phil Sammon, the Forest Service media coordinator for the northern region. “As a federal agency, we are bound by certain regulations and stipulations that call for us to make the decision that was made.”
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