This Steubenville Logo thing is consuming me. I’m really praying to be sure it’s something God wants me to be consumed with or if it’s stealing my time. Regardless of God’s call right this moment, it’s what I’m thinking about all the time and I need to write down some of my thoughts. So here goes:
The thing is I could really care less about the logo per se. I don’t care what the city logo looks like. That’s not the point. Had the city decided to have a logo without Franciscan represented, I wouldn’t have thought a thing about it. Even if they’d decided to change it without any pressure, just decided it needed changed, I’d be going about my day as usual.
However, that’s not the case. One or two residents have found the cross atop Christ the King Chapel offensive. They’ve called in a group from out of state to represent them and now Steubenville is bowing to these bullies. That’s what bothers me. It’s the sacrifice of freedom at the hand of bullies.
The constitution DOES NOT SAY anything about separation of church and state. The Bill of Rights does say that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech . . .” Steubenville’s government (which is not the Congress, but has been tied to this by the 14th Amendment) is not making a law with respect to as to establish a religion. They are not prohibiting the free exercise of any religion. It is ludicrous to bow to these bullies.
On the other hand, this new religion called “Freedom from Religion” IS infringing on my civil liberties. They are trying to make THEIR religion the government religion. They may say they aren’t a religion, but they have a belief system that they practice regularly. That is a religion. They are now forcing ME and the citizens of Steubenville, Ohio to be a part of their religion. They are hindering the freedom of speech of Steubenville, Ohio. Steubenville, exercising her right to free speech decided to include an icon representing an institution in our city that is known throughout the world. This institution has put Steubenville on the map.
I am passionate about this because I see the future. If we allow these bullies to infringe their religion on us now at this moment in time, it will not stop. Save this post for future reference, because I’m here to tell you that if this is allowed to go down without a fight, in less than 75 years a cross you have in your front yard will be illegal.
I am consumed by this because I see it happening and feel powerless to control. We are repeating history. Our country is deteriorating. It is imploding, and we, the citizens of this nation, are allowing it to happen. The founding fathers saw it happen in England and much of Europe, so when they drafted the constitution, they set up safeguards to keep it from happening here. Little did they know their words would be used against them, twisted and abused.
The forefathers wrote the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to give the “Freedom from Religion” people the right to have no religion if that’s what they choose. They did not give them the right to steal everyone else’s.
I don’t have a problem with them choosing to have no religion. I don’t have a problem with them fighting for others whose personal liberties are being infringed upon; however, a cross on a logo is not forcing anyone to do anything.
We live in a democracy. We understand that there will be times when two entities don’t agree. That’s the beauty of it. We don’t have to agree. In America, we have the freedom to disagree. However, in America, the majority rules. If you are in the minority, you might not think that’s fair, but it’s the only way to come to a conclusion when parties disagree. I don’t always get my way. But the majority gets to decide.
In Steubenville, the majority of the people approve of the logo the way it is. I feel bad for those who are offended by it, but not because they didn’t get their way. I feel bad for them because there is something inside of them that feels the need to bully the majority. They brought in reinforcements from out of town and don’t have the courage to stand up for themselves. I sort of get it. There are people on my side who are bullies too. I’m sure they’d take some heat for their stance (which is not right either). I don’t deny them the right to have their say. I just wish they would understand that they have called in the bullies and now they are part of that.
Whomever you are . . . you need to understand that you aren’t part of Steubenville. If you were, you’d realize that no one is trying to push Christianity on you. In fact, if you really were, you’d know that our town isn’t particularly a “religious” town (I wish it were). The University keeps to itself and the churches only host a small percentage of the population. No, we aren’t all that religious. We don’t have a lot of people who “practice” the things that the cross may represent. However, we do have a majority of the population who respect the cross. We do have a majority of the population who agrees that the University should be represented in our logo. I don’t even agree with everything the university does! But this bullying has to stop.
Don’t ignore this. If you do, you are giving up your rights again. Look around you, you, your parents, your grandparents . . . little by little we’ve given up small liberties without a fight. We don’t understand the laws, so we give up even more. If we continue on this course we will be a nation “by the government, of the government and for the government.” We will repeat history and become the exact thing that the founding fathers were fighting against.
But no one can do it alone. You don’t have to do much, but please do something.