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← Rhode Island cross controversy - legitimate or petty?

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Comment 206 by Ignorant Amos :

Comment 197 by VrijVlinder

In American and in Mexico a cross means someone died. It is the international symbol of death.

I'm not sure if there is such a thing? The cross might represent death in some cultural societies, but that's because the symbol has been hijacked from the Roman Torture and Execution device. It might even be a misinterpretation of a different word altogether, which wouldn't surprise me in the least.

The word cross comes ultimately from Latin crux, a Roman torture device used for crucifixion, via Old Irish cros. The word was introduced to English in the 10th century as the term for the instrument of the torturous execution of Jesus as described in the New Testament, gradually replacing the earlier word rood.

But it has just been used too much and has become more of a blight issue than a religious issue, the way I see it is quite ugly and does not represent , at least for me , what the war was about.

Imagine if the Romans used the guillotine, or the noose, or the gas chamber? Lovely.

This is similar to my argument above ^^^ about taking their symbols off them exactly the way they did with pagan symbols. While you're googling memorials Amos find me an old cathedral NOT loaded with pagan symbols. I think they've shot themselves in the foot, the very prevalence of the cross has rendered it at best banal and possibly a coloquial sign for death or memorial as has been suggested. Now that thought is a true victory isn't it?

Fri, 04 May 2012 13:35:33 UTC | #939652