Thursday, December 15, 2005

Threats prevent Christmas cross in Pioneer Square

Lars Larson Show

I have some sad news for you today. The Christmas Cross in Pioneer Square won’t be going up on Monday morning.
We’ve been fighting this battle for the last couple of weeks…ever since we got the permit to put up the Cross…and the Portland area Christian Churches agreed to sponsor it. Today…the threats to damage or destroy the cross have become promises.
So called progressive groups like Indymedia…have published threats and promises…that if a symbol of Christianity is erected in the square…it will be vandalized…damaged…or destroyed.
Let me tell you why this makes it impossible for us to put up the Cross
First…this Cross means something very important to me…and to millions in Oregon and Washington. I won’t put it up…only to be destroyed or vandalized. Aimed at any other group you would see this labeled a “hate crime”…but it seems Christians are fair game. Second…we know that when those protests happen…there’s a near certainty that someone will be hurt…perhaps even killed. That can’t happen.
Third…our flagship radio station…KXL…has taken the heat…offered to pay liability insurance for the five days we planned to put up the cross. But the kind of anti Christian acts that have been promised could generate millions in lawsuits and that can’t happen.

I think it is really a sad day that when people are more concerned and threaten such violence... it is just pitiful.

We are constantly asked as a society to honor diversity, and to celebrate other cultures, but what we wish to celebrate a culture... our culture... Christmas, the birth of Christ which has been in our culture for generations to become something so disgusting to other people, so intolerant.

These groups are telling us that we cannot celebrate our heritage... but yet they insist on celebrating there's. Where is the fairness?

I encourage you to check out the link above and read comments from people who are opposed to the cross going up... I think it would turn your stomach.


11 Comments:

Blogger Jim in KFalls said...

Perhaps Lars should go public with the message that for every cross that is vandalized or destroyed, 3 more will go up in it's place.

His arguement that the idea that he wants to convey shouldn't cost people their safety or start a fight, is valid, however simply erecting 3 additional crosses when 1 is taken down may eventually deter those who wish to do evil.

2:26 PM  
Blogger the Robot Vegetable said...

Maybe a giant American Flag instead? That'd be cool.

2:29 PM  
Blogger b!X said...

Two points:

First (just to make sure I say this): If there are actual threats, it's pretty wildly moronic, if only (from the perspective of someone like myself) because they'd only server to make Lars into the martyr he so desperately wants to be.

Second: I'll believe there are actual threats when Lars ponies up the proof. Just him saying there are threats doesn't cut it.

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Gullyborg said...

he has links to actual threats on his website.

I wrote a long commentary about my feelings if you want to go look.

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Cheezer said...

Every church in Portland should gather in the square and sing Christmas songs.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Cheezer, I think it is a wonderful idea...

Of course, as Lars pointed out yesterday on a show... if you announce a date and time, you would need a permit to gather...

Of course, (I am not a lawyer) if a couple of people randomly gather and a crowd forms, I think that as a whole different thing.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Jim in KFalls said...

Robin,
If you don't have a permit it would be considered a riot.

Although if you are a liberal and want to stop traffic by protesting the war in downtown Portland, only then will you not need a permit.

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