Memorial cross not offensive

PUBLISHED: 13:53 21 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:20 10 June 2010

Regarding your article about suggestions to move the war memorial cross from the Strand Gardens. I think it is scandalous that certain authorities can even consider moving the memorial cross, for replacement by some other so-called design in order not to

Regarding your article about suggestions to move the war memorial cross from the Strand Gardens.I think it is scandalous that certain authorities can even consider moving the memorial cross, for replacement by some other so-called design in order not to offend other faiths. This hair-brained idea appears to be yet another example of "dumbing down" the faith which once formed the backbone of this country.What right has Man to judge that the cross is offensive? Such symbols have been a feature for nigh on 2,000 years. If those of other faiths don't like the cross, then don't look at it.Do we get concerned when we visit other countries and observe their different religious landmarks, customs and symbols?"They" will be wanting to disguise Stonehenge next, so as not to upset those of a different belief.I don't know if any Sikhs are included on the Exmouth memorial, but surely those 10,000 which Mr Harvey-May quoted would be remembered by their own memorials elsewhere?The Strand memorial is a revered local feature best located in the still-attractive gardens, and should remain there, in common with similarly-placed landmarks throughout the land. Stephen and Mary Derek,(formerly of Exmouth), (via email).

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