Giant Jesus Statue Stays In-spite of Anti-Religion Advocates’ Lawsuits

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2011 file photo, the statue of Jesus Christ at Whitefish Mountain Resort overlooks Whitefish Lake and the Flathead Valley in Whitefish, Mont. A Montana judge says a 6-foot-tall statue of Jesus that was placed on federal land on Big Mountain near Whitefish nearly 60 years ago can remain. (AP Photo/Missoulian, Linda Thompson, File)By Robert Stitt

Brazil is one of the most corrupt countries on earth. It is known for its violent crime, $exed-out orgies, and its giant Jesus statue. It’s what? Yes, in a country known for its Godlessness, there is still a place for Jesus.

Christ the Redeemer in Brazil stands 125 feet tall and overlooks Rio de Janeiro from Mount Corcovado. In Whitefish, Montana a statue of Jesus that is less than 20 feet tall and is all but unseen unless you drive up to its isolated location is being targeted and attacked by those who want to remove Jesus from America.

Known as Big Mountain Jesus by the locals, the statue was placed by the Knights of Columbus in 1954 “as a memorial to their fallen World War II comrades and as a remembrance of religious shrines they saw while deployed in Europe.”

Out-of-state renegades, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), is a group from Madison, Wisconsin that sends representatives throughout the nation looking for signs and symbols of the Christian faith to squash. For the last few years, the statue has apparently “offended” them.

The statue in Montana didn’t raise any eyebrows for nearly 60 years. Then, in 2012, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) attempted to get the statue removed. The Forest Service issued the Knights of Columbus the permit to erect the statue and renewed it despite the FFRF’s disapproval. The FFRF sued the Forest Service but lost, appealed and lost again. Upon a new appeal, they lost again, but they are going to keep on going. “When we look at that Jesus statue, we see the continuing efforts of this aggressive, missionizing, male-only Catholic club to deny U.S. women the right to abortion and contraception in the name of Jesus,” they state.

The Ninth Circuit said that it really comes down to one question: Does a statue standing alone in the forest establish an official state religion? In this case, they firmly and emphatically said ‘no’.

Ray Leopold and Gene Thomas drive to the top of the mountain every year to repair the statue. They noted this as a war memorial while some people see this as a historical figure and yet others see it as a religious figure. Some people see it as just a statue at a nice location where they like to come up and have a picnic…. It’s almost as if this statue has become a citizen of Whitefish, Montana.”

Isn’t it a shame that in the land of the free there are those who make it their job to oppress  Christians and even travel to the tops of isolated mountains to do so?