Church's $2.5 million Christian Statue of Liberty (how screwed up is this? Fundies protest about the burning of our flag, yet millions of dollars to desecrate the symbol of freedom, liberty and justice for ALL. Typically hypocritical!) Atheists and liberal xians who are in support of separation of church and state are going to have to get more aggressive if we want to keep the freedoms that our founding fathers established and what so many people have died to uphold.
Over at GifS, Sean posted another story about Patrick Henry College which is an institution (I refuse to call it a college) that is pumping out "politically active" xian robots who are encouraged to take their education (brainwashing) into our government at both the state and federal levels. Apparently they go there to get their brains sucked out and turned into zombies who are programmed with a mission to tear apart the U.S. Constitution and bring church and state together.
Back to this story: Instead of "building idols" which their bible condemns (and most xians conveniently ignore), this money could have gone to much better use. I have read several comments from "compassionate conservatives" who say that government should leave social problems and needs of the poor to the churches, and then we read about these things happening.
We who support separation of church and state are going to HAVE to become more proactive.
A Memphis church that claims a membership of 12,000 will unveil a 72-foot-tall statue during Fourth of July services.
The Statue of Liberation looks a lot like the Statue of Liberty, but the famous torch is replaced by a cross. Instead of the inscription about giving the lady the tired and poor, there are Roman numerals for the Ten Commandments.
Across the street from the church is a convenience store where Mary Preyer is a manager. She's eager to see the statue unveiled, but says its funding could have been put to better use for the neighborhood.