A national atheist group has demanded the removal of a small cross from a veterans memorial at a public park in Liberty, Ind., dedicated to World War II veterans.
U.S. Army veteran Wendell Bias saw the offending cross at Whitewater Memorial State Park park this summer, and sent a letter of complaint to the Department of Natural Resources. “I just thought that a memorial to veterans in a veterans’ park didn’t need to be turned into a religious shrine,” he told The Indianapolis Star.
The small white cross sits at the base of a wooden statue of a soldier and the Indiana state flag with the inscription “All gave some; Some gave all.” The statue was donated to the park, and was funded by residents and veterans’ groups — not taxpayer dollars.
Last month a national atheist group, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, sent a follow-up letter to the DNR demanding the cross be removed, because it promotes Christianity and “will send a message that the government only cares about the deaths of Christian soldiers,” the Star reported.