Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Grave robbers

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A monument to a police officer who was killed in the line of duty is inscribed with his final words.  The Freedom from Religion Foundation is objecting:

 Jason Zunker left two letters to be opened in case he died.

 After the Chippewa County sheriff’s deputy was killed while directing traffic last year, his family and close friends read his words.

 “I don’t feel I have gone too soon,” Zunker wrote. “I feel lucky every day God keeps me here. When I die, I know where I’m going. Don’t be sad because the Bible says it’s greater than anyone can even imagine when it’s your time to see it.”

 Zunker’s family and friends now find themselves in the middle of a tug of war over his words – words about his faith that were inscribed on a black granite memorial installed outside the building that houses the sheriff’s department and courthouse in this northwestern Wisconsin community. Last month, the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the county criticizing the placement of a memorial on public property that espoused Zunker’s religious beliefs.

 Will they propose ripping out tombstones and crosses at military cemeteries next?  Maybe they want to tear down the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?

 (ht: Illusory Tenant, who described it as the “absolute worst” “public relations disaster in the making.”)

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