Quote of the day

Charles Cowling


“I think it is a great shame because the cross was etched into the glass when it was first built and what was special about it was that if you looked at it, it gave the effect of being on a hill in the distance.

“We have people of all different beliefs using the crem and no one has ever objected to the cross being there. We are a Christian society and if we went abroad we would expect to honour the beliefs of that country.”


Councillor Colin Barrett (Con) on the removal of the cross from Haycombe crematorium, Bath. [Source

4 thoughts on “Quote of the day

  1. Charles Cowling
    gloria mundi

    How about “we were a Christian society; the cultural heritage of Christianity is still very powerful, and may be of value even to non-Christians; some people in our society are Christians. But yes, we shouldn’t any longer impose a Christian symbol on everyone who uses a crematorium.”

    And as the mindful James says, the view through the glass to beyond is a psalm, in anyone’s belief/non-belief system!

    Charles Cowling
  2. Charles Cowling

    Gosh, Charles, there would appear to be little that’s neutral about ‘faith’ – remember the death threats, which were referred to in the national press, when some tried to remove the cross at Torquay crematorium a few years ago? We have an ineffectual little curtain to cover it up now, a kind of fig leaf to religion’s wild assertions of superiority such as Councillor Barrett’s: “We are a christian society”. Who does this minority religious cult think it is speaking for when its members come out with things like that?

    Had there been a neutral symbol etched into the window, it may have survived. But if christians are at a loss to understand its offensiveness to some people, I’d urge them to imagine how it would feel to have a swastika in its place.

    Charles Cowling
  3. Charles Cowling

    There’s a petition for its salvation, now – http://www.thisisbath.co.uk/Petition-removal-crematorium-cross-Bath/story-15298021-detail/story.html

    A crematorium has to be faith-neutral, doesn’t it?

    Charles Cowling
  4. Charles Cowling
    james showers

    My eyes go straight to the distant hills; so far I have never given the cross a second glance, and see right past it to the vertiginous panorama – appropriately dreamy.

    Charles Cowling

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