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What Do Christians in Southwest Missouri Do with Millions of Dollars?  It is Not Used to Feed the Poor, heal the sick, ease suffering, or care for children and the elderly

What Do Christians in Southwest Missouri Do with Millions of Dollars? It is Not Used to Feed the Poor, heal the sick, ease suffering, or care for children and the elderly

Branson Missouri, home to what many call a “Music Mecca” is also the site where Evangelical Fundamentalist Christians wish to build the largest cross in the world on an Ozark Mountain.  Developers expect the construction of the cross to cost $5 million dollars, enough to help many people suffering in this economy and give aid to the sick and elderly.  However, the world's largest cross will still go to the one in St. Augustine, Florida, which also does nothing.

The vision started as a 7 foot cross and now the plan is to build a 200 foot cross on top Bear Mountain near the intersection of highway 160 and 65 by 2013.  Thus, they are not only destroying nature, but also wasting money that does nothing to contribute to helping society better people’s lives, as they spread propaganda.

So far, they raised $410,000 for the $5 million project, which will need a 45-degree road up the mountain, killing beautiful trees, disrupting wildlife habitat, and more, just to get construction materials to the top of the mountain and rival landmarks such as the St. Louis arch, Christ in Rio de Janeiro, and the Golden Gate Bridge.  All of this, of course, for the “glory of God” and create a free attraction for families to encounter Christ.  They would do better helping people encounter “Christ” by feeding the poor and helping families in this economy.  Obama has done more in that direction than the Religious Reich who build objects that do absolutely nothing.

“I know St. Louis has the Gateway Arch and San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge, and those are all fantastic monuments, but they’re all secular monuments," he said. "This will be the first monument to the spirit of man and there’s a reason why it’s being built in the heartland of the nation. It’s absolutely in the right place at the right time and it’s going to have ten times the spirituality as any one of those monuments.”

“It’s going to be a family-friendly, free admission venue where people can have an encounter with Jesus Christ,” he said. “But we’re getting ready to move forward on this pretty quickly here and I’m sure at some point somebody will come and try to step in the way.”

Yes, especially since it does nothing except damage “people’s” homes and create an eyesore that will remind humans, who care about those “people”, who destroyed those homes, without caring one little bit about the beauty of the mountain home.  There goes the Missouri Black Bears, already endangered, as well as any rare wolves left in the state, and these same Christians probably want to give blastocysts “personhood rights”.  My late grandfather, a Christian, was good enough not to kill one when we went for a walk in the Ozark woods, many years ago.  He called the pristine beauty of the Ozarks, “God’s Country” for years before he died in 1989 and his atheist brother, who lived next door, but died a few years before he did, was in awe of the numinous beauty of the Ozarks.

At least the Golden Gate Bridge does something.  It connects to land areas, so people do not have to swim.  The Arch adds beauty to a concrete jungle, but unfortunately mirrors the sun, causing temporary blindness for anyone who looks at it.  Additionally, neither one were meant to force people into a religion that potentially does more harm than good and in this case, this cross does more harm than good.

However, it would seem today’s Evangelical Fundamentalist are more determined to create “Babylon”, making “Images of the Cross” that does nothing but destroy the beauty of the Ozarks, in competition with Cristo Redentor en Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as they race to build the largest and tallest religious structure in the world, at the expense of humans.

Their website proclaims this nature-destroying eyesore will be the largest cross in the world, as though it will make their deity so happy and proud.  Their purpose, believing the United State’s economy exploded, to save families from divorce and single parent homes, save 100 million “unchurched” people, and stopping moral decay.  The answer, in their opinion, is to build this 200-foot monstrosity of an eyesore and destroy the beauty of the Ozarks, as well as remaining wildlife n the area.  They do not care that feeding the poor, caring for the sick and the elderly, caring for children, or anything else that deals with caring for others humans could do more than a silly old cross that does nothing except create an eyesore, destroy nature, and rival “Cristo Redentor”, the St. Louis Arch, and the Golden Gate Bridge.  They do not care about anything more than imposing their beliefs on others, thinking they are doing good in the name of some human created deity.

Hypocrites. That is what they are, hypocrites, who probably have not read their own damn book. It also reminds me of Ghandi, who said Christians are so unlike Christ.

"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

These same Christians probably have not read their Bible or they are focused on “spreading the word”, which I do not recall reading in their Christ storybook that they were suppose to build icons.  Yet they talk about following the “Ten Commandments”.  I seem to remember a command that said not to make such things.  They do not even follow what they try to force on everyone else and spend money on things that do not help anyone.

Their cross does nothing to help others, the environment, or even other animals.  It does not educate anyone about how to live healthy lives.  It does not stop pain and suffering, hunger, homelessness, or unemployment.  It does not do anything, except destroy.

Goodbye pristine and awesomely beautiful Ozark Mountains and the wildlife that that lives within it, because, thanks to crazy Christians, who do not care about anything except a silly old demiurge, created by humans, and a “golden cow”, also created by humans, it will be destroyed.  It makes me wonder if there will be any natural beauty left in the world for my grandchildren to see or if such Christians will destroy it all, as they neglect the poor, the suffering, the sick, the elderly, the children…

If these Christians want to raise money to help other humans, then I could get behind them on that, but this eyesore that destroys the environment and kills other animals is a waste of money and time, even if they do believe the poor will always be with us.

“An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that deed must be done instead of prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated.” ~ Madalyn Murray O'Hair

“Religion has caused more misery to all of mankind in every stage of human history than any other single idea.”  ~ Madalyn Murray O'Hair

A humanist believes we should strive to alleviate pain, suffering, and poverty, as well as bettering ourselves and humankind, by helping those in need, which O'Hair said.  We do this by avoiding housemaid’s knees and doing something useful with our time, energy, knowledge, and resources.

I do hope environmentalists and wildlife conservationists, as well as people who rather see the millions of dollars raised go to help others, stop these people.  Whom am I kidding though?  These people do not Give a Damn for anyone, not in Africa, in the United States, or anywhere else in the world.  All they care about is a “Tower of Babylon” that does nothing, except destroys and becomes an eyesore. 

About Mriana

Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
  • Sheldon

    Well said. It really is sad that they're thinking of impacting nature for this. I think, if five million dollars for a gigantic cross is one of the
    priorities, perhaps, reworking the to-do list should also be a priority. That money could be used in so many better ways. Five million could feed a lot of hungry people, buy a lot of generic meds and build a lot of low cost housing.

    You know Mriana, I've been saying the same thing for years about those crosses being idols. They make it from gold and wear it around their necks on gold chains. Then, in many churches you see Christ on the cross. Also, they have the idol of Mother Mary. Some people even pray to that idol as well. Any way you slice it, those are idols.

    I'm pretty sure the following words are not found in their book: And God said. I want you to make idols that might resemble me and reflect my cause and then worship those idols because that's okay… also, it's okay to make idols of what Mother Mary might look like and you can pray to her too… all those other idols, not so much.

    • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

      Ironically, I have a friend in TX, who is a Xian and happens to also agree.  She cannot understand why people do this and call themselves Xians.  She even agreed with my Babylon statement, saying that's exactly what they are doing.  lol  However, I hate to see all the money wasted on something that does not help the sick, poor, aged, etc destroying our home, doing more harm than good.  They know not what they do.

    • http://www.donnyrothbardt.vpweb.com/ Donny

      Not that I'm a bible believer, but what ever happened to the warning about graven images? Am I sadly off base or isn't Jesus on the cross a graven image? And what about all those patron saints believers pray to…what about those? are they not graven images?
      Just curious…
      Donny

  • Sandra Remington

    It's insecurity. Those who are secure in their "faith" don't need to advertise it.

    What do we say about wearing your heart on your sleeve?

    I'm only surprised that they don't build a giant replica of a silver dollar. For many of them, that would be more fitting.

    • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

      Insecurity might be it, but I also think these extremist, cultic groups teach people to do these things too.

  • Guest

    WOW jesus must be so proud whats next use the money from feed tthe children to make a giant rice bowl

  • RonS
  • GospelTruth

    The bible says what good does it do a man , to gain the whole world but loose his soul , and what can a man give in exchange for his soul?  It is not the cross, but the one who was crucified upon it there trying to get people to think about.  No one in the world looks at the cross without thinking (JESUS).    Everyone around the world knows what the cross is a symbol of and thats JESUS..  It is Jesus and his salvation we all need.  What good is a full man in hell..ask yourself that.  May God continue to have his will on earth to bring in every lost soul in every way he can..(including a 200 ft cross) From a born again new woman in Christ , thank you for the cross Lord amen

    • http://www.donnyrothbardt.vpweb.com/ Donny

      GospelTruth Person…While your God might "continue to have his will on earth," it appears he hasn't been able to influence a few billion people around the world.
      With all due respect to your religious beliefs, what is your God doing about the mess in the Middle East?…in Africa?…in the Mexico drug murders?
      It also appears that God has little or no control over terrorists. How come? And when America is in the middle of hard times, you thank God for a $5 million dollar symbol? 'nuff said!
      Donny

  • GospelTruth
  • http://www.donnyrothbardt.vpweb.com/ Donny

    An intelligent business person once told me if you want to know who's running the town, look to the tallest structure. Now here in Philly, the new tallest structure by far, is the Comcast building in center city. Interesting enough…rumor has it that Comcast pretty much controls pay TV and also gets what it $$$$$$ wants in Philly. Their rates are going as high as their egoic ediface.
    So maybe the sky scraping cross will show who's really running things in Branson MO?
    Donny

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