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Grieving California mom takes down cross on road after Atheist’s protest

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Atheist’s focus on AnnMarie Devaney, grieving mother

Atheist’s focus on AnnMarie Devaney, grieving mother

A grieving California mom who, under pressure from an atheist group, went to the site where her son was killed to remove a memorial cross was met at the scene by a throng of supporters who planted crosses of their own.

“They said they have to take that one down,” Doug Johnson, a Riverside resident who traveled to the site with his daughter and six home-made crosses, told The Riverside Press-Enterprise. “But they didn’t say anything about putting another one up.”

AnnMarie Devaney agreed to remove a 5-foot cross she put up on the side of a road in Lake Elsinore to honor her 19-year-old son Anthony, who was struck by a car and killed two years ago, the paper reported. The American Humanist Association in Washington, D.C., caught wind of the cross and sent her a demand letter dated March 4 calling for her to remove it. The association said that its placement on city property violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

“It’s so petty and sad that they have to complain over removing a cross”

– AnnMarie Devaney

“It’s so petty and sad that they have to complain over removing a cross,” she said. “It’s his personal preference that he was Christian. What’s wrong with having a cross up?”

Devaney was emotional when she was at the site and said she was moved by her supporters. She was joined by her family and other families that brought their own cross. A woman in attendance told the paper that she is the stepmother of the driver struck Devaney’s son as he crossed Lake Street near an exit ramp, the paper reported.

The association reportedly just got a judge to agree to block the installation of a monument outside Diamond Stadium in the same town, which is southeast of Los Angeles. It depicted a soldier kneeling before a cross-topped grave.

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4 Comments

  1. A Servant says:

    May God grant healing to the mother and mercy to those who do not understand God’s love.

  2. Reblogged this on Small Town Youth Minister and commented:
    This is so incredibly sad and encouraging at the same time. One thing I just can’t understand is why some people so adamantly hate Christianity that you have to protest a grieving mother’s attempt to honor the loss of her son, and their faith.

    But I’m also encouraged by the support that people showed in exercising their right to “free exercise” and defying the hatred of this group. Good job guys.

  3. Linda Rivera says:

    The cruel atheist group are OPPOSED to freedom! They are forcing their selfish wishes on the majority! Atheists want us to stop publicly honoring our God! And opposed to showing love for our children who no longer live on this earth!

    Dear AnnMarie, I’m so sorry for the death of your precious son! On that beautiful future day you will be reunited with the son you love so much. God will wipe away every tear. Our Magnificent, Awesome, Precious, Beautiful, Wonderful God’s great Mercy and Goodness are beyond words to describe! To God be the glory!

  4. jeff says:

    You offend enough Mex- Americans and California may be up for grabs in the next election……………….that’s the silver lining

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