Critics Call for Removal of Veterans Memorial Set Up by Teen to Honor his Grandfather, Father With References to Jesus

“Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: Jesus Christ and the American Soldier; one died for your soul, the other died for your freedom.”

These are the words engraved on a plaque in a cemetery in Monument, Colorado. A Boy Scout and his family raised over $50,000 to erect this memorial to honor all veterans, the boy’s grandfather in particular. The marker was placed near a flagpole at the municipal cemetery, where the family purchased the plot.

Now, critics who take offense to the reference to Jesus Christ are calling for its removal.

“There is no issue with the Boy Scout or his project to honor his grandfather,” said Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), one of the organizations that object to the memorial. “The issue is that a sectarian and Christian supremacist perspective is being promoted.”

“There is no issue with the Boy Scout himself,” he continued. “He was ill-advised. However, state-sponsored sectarian displays violate the principle of separation of church and state as ingrained in the Constitution.”

In addition to honoring his grandfather, who served in World War II, 16-year-old Michael Carlson dedicated the memorial to his father, who served in Vietnam.

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SOURCE: Charisma News

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