The family of a Colorado pastor’s wife had to resort to a public Facebook campaign to get a public cemetery to allow them to put the word “Jesus” on her grave marker.
According to NBC affiliate KUSA, cemetery officials balked at the decision by the family of a woman named Linda Baker to inscribe the word “Jesus” on the headstone inside the outline of a fish, the ancient symbol of early Christianity.
Baker was the wife of Mark Baker, pastor of Harvest Baptist Church in Ovid, Colo.
“They felt that the name Jesus would be offensive to some,” Linda Baker’s daughter-in-law, Stacy Adams, told 9 News.
It’s fair to ask, who exactly would be offended by the name of “Jesus” appearing on a headstone, much less the headestone of a pastor’s wife. The answer is, absolutely no one who is sane, no matter what his faith — or lack thereof.
It probably wouldn’t even occur to anyone to even pretend they were offended.
Only an officiously hypersensitive, politically correct public employee could think of something like that. And then think to of something that actually is offensive.
“He said, ‘What if somebody wanted to put a swastika?” Adams said, according to a Fox News column by Todd Starnes. “My reply was, ‘so what if they do? It’s not my business how they want to be remembered.’”
Adams and the family took the case to the city manager of Sterling, Colo., which owns the cemetery, heightening the pressure with a series of Facebook posts about the dispute.
Sterling City Manager Joe Kiolbasa relented, telling KUSA the original decision was mistaken.
“This gentleman thought it may have been objectionable to someone because of the Christian connotation,” Kiolbasa told KUSA. “It will be allowed in the future.”
Imagine that: a “Christian connotation” in a cemetery in a Christian country. Better, imagine having to argue or launch a publicity campaign just to get that “Christian connotation” allowed.
“I’m sorry that it took this to do it. But I hope it sends a message,” Adams said.
“The government shouldn’t tell us what to think, and what to say, and what to believe,” she told KUSA. “In their misguided attempt to offend no one, they ended up offending many.”
Check out the 9 News report here.