NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:
I have been a lawyer for more than 50 years and have seen many changes in our judiciary, most of which I have disliked. Since the time I was sworn into the bar, our society has become more litigious, thinking that everything slight, real or imagined can be settled by a lawsuit.
However, the ultimate absurdity came Tuesday, June 11, when three judges of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the case of Keith Crossman, pastor of Saint Mark’s United Methodist of Bethany who sued the State of Oklahoma for placing the image of a native American shooting an arrow into the air to bring rain, which was named Sacred Rain Arrow.
The minister said that such an image infringed on his Christian beliefs and meant the State of Oklahoma was promoting an Indian religion. This offended Rev. Crossman, by requiring him to display this symbol. This case is the ultimate frivolous lawsuit that’s only purpose that I can perceive is the desire for publicity.
The federal district judge who dismissed the lawsuit was correct in his ruling. The image of the Indian shooting an arrow into the air cannot be construed as the state endorsement of a religion by any stretch of the imagination.
I am a Christian and am not offended by the image. The minister should be counseled on the tenets of Christianity. Judge not lest you be judged. Love thy neighbor as thyself.
And finally the words our Lord who taught us to pray “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” If the minister is so worried about having to display the image, then he should pray for those who put forth the image, rather than bringing a lawsuit to express his displeasure.
EDWARD R. ADWON