U.S. Forest Service is Evicting Jesus

I already knew this country was lost spiritually but it is one thing to be anti religion it is another to directly attack it. The government had decided to pull the statue after a group from Wisconsin complained it violated the First Amendment’s guarantee of separation of church and state. I say F- the Wisconsin group; you have no right to tell anyone in Montana what to put in their forest. The forest service has never had the mission of attacking any religion and ordering a historical memorial removed is not just a simple policy change, this is an in your face attack on Christians.

Until I see Christians attacking forest service vehicles, burning trees or trashing the graves of forest service workers, I will have to say the forest service and the anti Christians in Wisconsin are the clear aggressors in this situation.

Usually I condemn all politicians and to be honest Congressman Rehberg’s letter is very weak but I will give him cudos for attempting to do the right thing even if his attempt was weak, ineffective and probably without a hint of heartfelt outrage.

Show the forest service some love, the American Family Association (AFA) has a website where you can write Mr. Tidwell and Ms. Weldon, the ever watchful, Christian rights bashing Forest Service representatives and let them know what you think of their attempts to decide what you can see on Public land. Just do not burn any trees, I ‘m sure the forest service has a few sane people left.

Paste the link, make some phone calls and show your love, you should also help the AFA spread the word of this outrage, I did.


Tom Tidwell, Chief
USDA Forest Service
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: (202) 205-8439

BILLINGS, MT – Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today urged the United States Forest Service to reconsider its denial of a permit extension for an historically significant World War II Memorial statue of Jesus that has been located in the Flathead National Forest near Kalispell, MT since 1953. The statue, maintained by the Knights of Columbus Council No. 1328 and celebrated by the local community, sits on a 25’ by 25’ parcel of land leased from the Forest Service.

-I hope you caught that, the site is maintained at zero cost to the public but that is not good enough for the Forest Service.

“When I visited it earlier this year, I saw first-hand that this memorial is an irreplaceable part of our state’s history and a unique and colorful part of the local culture,” said Rehberg. “The Forest Service’s denial of the lease defies common sense. Using a tiny section of public land for a war memorial with religious themes is not the same as establishing a state religion. That’s true whether it’s a cross or a Star of David on a headstone in the Arlington National Cemetery, an angel on the Montana Vietnam Memorial in Missoula or a statue of Jesus on Big Mountain. The Forest Service is just flat wrong to deny this lease on those grounds, and I’m working hard to get them to do the right thing.”

-And so you should.

Rehberg sent a letter to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and Northern Region Director Leslie Weldon asking them to reconsider the recent denial of a lease renewal and requirement that the monument itself be moved by the Knights of Columbus.

In their appeal of the decision, the Knights of Columbus noted that, in its current state, moving the statue was likely to seriously damage or even destroy it. The appeal also noted the irony of attempting to remove religious references in a memorial to a war in which millions of people were murdered because of their faith.

“That memorial is to the people who built that mountain and those who served in the war effort,” said Michael Shepard, Commander of the Teddy Roosevelt American Legion Post 108 in Whitefish. “It’s not in an arbitrary location, it’s specifically tied to this community and that mountain. This Forest Service decision is a slap in the face of the men and women who served their country and built this community. When you let folks know what’s going on, they’re going to have a fit. We are tired of out-of-state interests coming into our state and imposing their believes on us when we don’t do that to them. As usual, Denny is on our side, the right side, standing with regular people in Montana. We appreciate his efforts.”

“This statue represents all the World War II vets that came home to Montana, and we erected it with the support of the Mountain division of the military.” Bill Glidden, Grand Knight of the Kalispell Council. “It’s been up there for 60 years and I’ve never heard someone in this area complain about it. It’s part of our community, not just for religious reasons, but there are also weddings and community gatherings up there. I don’t think people know that this statue is in jeopardy, and I think they’ll be upset when they find out. I’m glad Denny is helping us out.”

Rehberg’s Letter is below:

Dear Mr. Tidwell and Ms. Weldon:

I am writing in regards to the Forest Service’s recent decision to deny a continuing land use permit for the WWII Memorial statue in the Flathead National Forest near Kalispell, MT.

In 1953, WWII veterans in a partnership with the local Knights of Columbus, were granted a permanent special use permit for placement of a statue on Big Mountain, where it remains today. However, I recently became aware that not only has your agency denied renewal of the memorial, it is forcing the Knights of Columbus to remove it.

The history of this statue is just as inspiring as the statue itself. During WWII, many American soldiers found inspiration from religions icons, including similar statues of Jesus Christ, in the war ravaged towns and villages across Europe. When these brave young men returned home they wanted something to remind themselves and all Americans what kept them fighting during a time of terrible human loss and suffering.

This statue has been a long-standing piece of history in this area for almost 60 years. Removal of this symbol of hope and faith is an insult to the sacrifices they so willingly gave our great country. I urge you to approve a continuing land use permit as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your consideration of this request, and please don’t hesitate to contact my office if I can be of further assistance.

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5 Comments on “U.S. Forest Service is Evicting Jesus”

  1. tgusa Says:

    The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are there to restrain guvmint by outlining what it cannot do. The forest service is part of the guvmint, ergo the forest service can only operate within the confines of those restraints. So the guvmint took over control of sovereign state lands, so what, unless they can prove it is a hazard we can put up any religious symbol we want to and without a permit.

    When I first read this I thought about the Taliban blowing up the Buddha’s. Of course we are more civilized, our Taliban wear cute little uniforms and don’t use explosives but its just the same.

    Name the last guy in America that was forced to bow down to Jesus against his will. Never happened, but really these people deserve a form of guvmint that does just that, they really deserve it. A lot of good Americans died to protect our religious liberty in the land of the free and the forest service is crapping all over every one of their graves.

    I think manned forest service is sort of outdated in this world of high technology. They originally were put there to spot fires but they can’t even do that very well anymore. I think we have another agency that we can send to the chopping block. We can send them to manage the forests of Afghanistan instead. I think they would be more comfortable there, for a little while.

  2. Pete Says:

    “In 1953, WWII veterans in a partnership with the local Knights of Columbus, were granted a permanent special use permit for placement of a statue on Big Mountain…”

    PER / MA / NENT

    Lasting or intended to last or remain unchanged indefinitely.

    I do believe the US Forest Service needs a dictionary and a quick course in reading so they can understand what the definition of PERMANENT means.

    I am QUITE sure if it was a statue of mohammed the ACLU and the obummer government and the wisconsin group (probably atheist or muslims) would have no problem with it.

  3. dougindeap Says:

    It is important to distinguish between the “public square” and “government” and between “individual” and “government” speech about religion. The constitutional principle of separation of church and state does not purge religion from the public square–far from it. Indeed, the First Amendment’s “free exercise” clause assures that each individual is free to exercise and express his or her religious views–publicly as well as privately. The Amendment constrains only the government not to promote or otherwise take steps toward establishment of religion. As government can only act through the individuals comprising its ranks, when those individuals are performing their official duties (e.g., public school teachers instructing students in class), they effectively are the government and thus should conduct themselves in accordance with the First Amendment’s constraints on government. When acting in their individual capacities, they are free to exercise their religions as they please. If their right to free exercise of religion extended even to their discharge of their official responsibilities, however, the First Amendment constraints on government establishment of religion would be eviscerated. While figuring out whether someone is speaking for the government in any particular circumstance may sometimes be difficult, making the distinction is critical.

    With respect to symbols and such, generally, if a monument is displayed “by” a government on its land, then that likely will be regarded as “government speech” to be assessed for compliance with the establishment clause. If a monument is displayed by a private person or group on government land, it may well be regarded as “individual speech” to be evaluated under the free exercise clause. In the latter case, the government, of course, cannot discriminate against particular religions and thus generally must allow other persons or groups equal opportunity to express their religious views on the government land. In sorting this out, much depends on the details of each case.

  4. Leatherneck Says:

    Just another attack on American culture. The G-dless Marxists hate morality, and G-d stands for morality. Ban G-d from the world, and watch the freak storms, heat waves, and earthquakes increase.

    The latest snow storm on the northeast is an example. It is is line with what has been happening these past few years.

    You will have to excuse me, I have to go cling to my Bible, and weapon now.

    • tgusa Says:

      Yeah its too bad we can’t work out some kind of deal where the Godless hordes have to spend eternity paying for their actions. Oh wait…

      Christians look around and they see Biblical prophecy being fulfilled and the apocalyptic end of the world as we know it approaching. Warmists look around and say its not the apocalyptic end of the world its climate change, which will lead to the end of the world as we know it. Copycats.

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