LETTER: Does religion also have a place on crosswalks?

By on March 5, 2018
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I’m writing as one of the Merrittonians who appreciated city council turning down the request for a rainbow crosswalk. Instead of tying up city council on something that is not really their jurisdiction to decide (e.g., whose moral viewpoint should be supported by taxpayers), I invite anyone who is disappointed with the city’s decision to meet with me to find out why the original proposal is not as all-inclusive as initially suggested.

To help with that, let me describe the crosswalk I would love to see in Merritt if taxpayers are going to start funding such things. My cross-walk would be just that, a cross making a bridge from one side of the road to the other. This would represent the way Jesus Christ has bridged the deadly gap between humanity and God. The railing painted down one side of this bridge would be made of the words, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The railing down the other side would be made of the words, “Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through him because there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” 

Perhaps that makes clear why city council should not pick sides on such issues, and why we should find ways to get together on our own and see if we can understand each other as all-inclusively as has been suggested.

Monte Vigh


  1. Don Vincent

    March 6, 2018 at 7:31 am

    You have missed the point of the rainbow crosswalk. This is to be a symbol of support and acceptance for a marginalized group (rather like Christianity once was under the Roman hegemony). It says “we value who you are” “we acknowledge and celebrate difference” “you are not alone” These are important ideas for a group often despised by the dominant population – merely because these youths don’t conform to a set of preconceived concepts of “normality” … merely for being different in some way. To deny these students in this way seems very far indeed from the central message of Christianity – unconditional love. Merritt has many churches, and is replete with symbols of Christian support – with over 2 billion believers worldwide it hardly qualifies as a marginalized group in need of more symbols of support. However these youths are subject to daily discrimination, and would profit by some sign of society’s acceptance. The council vote denied them what dozens of other cities have generously given their community members – some comfort and hope for a better future.

  2. Rachelle Vogt

    March 7, 2018 at 9:29 am

    For at least the hundredth time…the MSS Students are PAYING for the Rainbow 🌈 Crosswalk – NOT THE TAXPAYERS. They will also pay to maintain it. So please stop using that as a flimsy excuse against the crosswalk. Also, this issue is not about religion, it’s about supporting the youth in our community that feel vulnerable. Many communities have Rainbow 🌈 Crosswalks, some have more than one. I seriously don’t understand why Merritt resists entering the 21st Century. I’m amazed how frightened many Merritonians are of one little Rainbow 🌈 Crosswalk.
    Execellent reply Don Vincent.


      March 7, 2018 at 8:55 pm

      Rachelle….that is not quite accurate. The students are not paying for the crosswalk, as far as I can gather. The school board is and, at the end of the day, that means property tax payers are paying. That being said, I think the crosswalk is a brilliant concept and I support it.

  3. Aiden

    March 7, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    What about atheists that don’t agree with religion or changing language/culture? There are more than 2 sides to this.

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