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Christian Gang Signs? Um, No, Not Quite…

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The liberals can’t be satisfied with the status quo. As soon as they calm down about one issue, they find another to scream and holler about. And now, as veterans are honored with wreaths on their gravesites, there’s concern that “Christian gang signs” are showing up.

Seriously? Have you ever heard of anything more ridiculous?

It’s as if the liberals don’t know how to be happy. They certainly don’t know how to leave well enough alone.

Wreaths Across America Day is a chance for fresh evergreen wreaths to be placed on the gravesites of military veterans across the nation. They appear in local and national cemeteries alike. It is a way to recognize service and sacrifice.

There’s just one problem. There have been more and more complaints coming in about it. Mikey Weinstein, the founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation explained the reason for the complaint: “We have no problem if people reach out and want a wreath on their deceased veterans’ graves, but to put them everywhere, to blanket them without permission of the surviving families is unconstitutional, an atrocity and a disgrace.”

Wow, why doesn’t he tell us how he really feels?

It is most certainly not unconstitutional. He makes it seem as though the graves are being destroyed or defaced. As for a wreath being an atrocity and a disgrace, it is neither – it is simply a gesture in order to honor those who have fallen.

There’s more, so buckle your seatbelt and prepare for it all.

Weinstein is Jewish and his followers are not only Jewish but also Muslim, Buddhist, and the whole gamut of religions.

The crucifix seems to be what the hang-up is all about.

Weinstein comments that it’s all about respect. “It’s almost like a fundamentalist Christian gang sign to put a symbol of the Christian season of Christmas on any grave.”

Wait just one second. A wreath is not a Christian symbol unless you WANT to make it into a Christian symbol. For most, it represents eternal life. It has been used at funerals for hundreds of years and dates back at least to Ancient Greece. During athletic competitions in Greece, the wreath was used to represent honor and joy – something that the wreath could still represent today as it is laid in remembrance on the graves of veterans.

Amber Caron, the spokeswoman for Wreaths Across America was quick to draw the distinction when she heard about the complaints. Veterans’ wreaths are being created, not Christmas wreaths. Further, she explains that the graves are not being “decorated.” Instead, the wreaths are placed to honor American heroes.

If Weinstein wanted to have a problem with this concept, he should have started complaining 30 years ago. Apparently, he simply ran out of other things to be insulted by and has gone after a tradition that started informally at Arlington National Cemetery in 1992. A family who owned a wreath-making business donated the stock to the cemetery in Virginia.

Wreaths Across America became a nonprofit in 2007 and has expanded to include over 3,000 burial sites around the nation. Many individuals and groups donate to the nonprofit every year, including Scouting programs and American Legion posts.

Weinstein calls it “proselytizing,” yet no one is trying to convert anyone.

Wreaths have been used in virtually every culture and religion throughout history.

In 2014, Weinstein made the request that wreaths not be left on the headstones of anyone who has the Jewish Star of David displayed. He’s been heard.

Now, can we get back to simply enjoying the season and honoring the fallen? We don’t need anyone pointing to a wreath and referring to it as a “Christian gang sign.”