As I have mentioned in the past, it’s a bit ironic that so many of the white cross arguments involve Utah. By “white cross” arguments, I mean the desire on the part of secularists to do away with the tradition of white crosses to mark the death of someone. The ironic thing about Utah is that it is the one state in the continental United States where the cross is not a symbol of the dominant religion (Mormons don’t really do crosses). In fact, it’s Utah first and foremost that I look at and actually believe that no, the cross does not have to be an establishing symbol of a specific religion (or series of religions). If that is what Utah were going for, they’d have little tooting Moronis on the site of the road. Or something.

As far as such crosses go, I can understand the objections even though I don’t actually share them. If anything, Christians themselves should be kind of anxious about their holy symbol being used for something that isn’t religious in nature. Sort of like the secularization of Christmas.

Arapaho makes extensive use of roadside crosses. And there is more of an establishment concern here than elsewhere, because they are put up by the state. There is one stretch of dangerous highway where my wife and I counted 30-something over just a few miles. They were put up by the state to underline, once twice and thirty-something times to drive carefully.

And part of the problem is that there is no other symbol that you see on the side of the road and know immediately what it means.

Which brings me to the point of this post: If crosses are really a problem, those that want to take the crosses down need to come up with a replacement. That would sell me on the issue. Instead of saying “Take down that cross” they should say “How about we use this instead.” I don’t know, and don’t really care what is used. It could be just a white stake in the ground. Something immediately recognizable and identifiable. Arapaho can put up a sign as you enter the Danger Zone saying (more concisely so that people don’t get into accidents as they try to read the sign) “Hey, you’re about to see a bunch of white stakes in the ground. This is where people died. So drive carefully!”


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5 Responses to Roadside Symbols

  1. Burt Likko says:

    What do you think of this? That doesn’t say “death” to you?

  2. trumwill says:

    Sort of. It says “someone’s buried here” rather than “someone died here.”

  3. Logtar says:

    Last time I visited Colombia I saw black four pointed stars painted on the roads to have the same effect as the crosses do. I even took a picture of the campain.

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/107379732401612587414/albums/5502063014111723873/5502064457587361170

    Interesting since Colombia is a catholic country.

  4. trumwill says:

    Last time I visited Colombia I saw black four pointed stars painted on the roads to have the same effect as the crosses do.

    I think that would work! Might be too cross-like for some, though.

  5. Logtar says:

    Make it simetrical so is less cross like?

    I think it is a good thinhg.

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