These days, you can’t turn around without yet another lawsuit brought by the ACLU or some atheist about a religious object or symbol violating the First Amendment’s “separation of church and state” — a phrase that is NOT in the First Amendment. The targeted religion invariably is Christian.
The most recent case is the Mojave Memorial Cross — a simple cross formerly on public land in the Mojave desert which was at the center of the Salazar v. Buono legal case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The original cross was erected in 1934 to honor those killed in war. It was boarded up after lower court rulings declared it illegal due to “separation of church and state” constitutional concerns.
On April 28, 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the cross stay because there was no violation of the separation of church and state as Congress had transferred the land surrounding the cross to a veteran’s group. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, “The goal of avoiding governmental endorsement [of religion] does not require eradication of all religious symbols in the public realm”.
Despite (or because of) the Supreme Court ruling, the cross is no longer atop Sunrise Rock because it was stolen on the night of May 9-10. The Veterans of Foreign Wars vows that the memorial will be rebuilt.
Flash forward to June 3, 2010….
That day, at Colorado’s Denver International Airport (DIA), a crew installed a gigantic, 7-ton, 26-foot-tall concrete humanoid statue with the head of a jackal. It’s Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of the dead and of the afterlife, and the patron of mummification. Unlike a real jackal, Anubis’ head is black, representing death.
Ostensibly, the gigantic polyurethane and steel statue was installed to preview the Denver Art Museum’s King Tut exhibit, June 29 through Jan. 9, 2011. And so, from now until early next year, the jackal-headed god of the dead greets the arrival and departure of all passengers at DIA’s main terminal. Charming, eh?
Earlier this year on March 23, to herald the King Tut exhibit at Manhattan’s Discovery Times Square Exposition, a towering 7-ton 25-ft. tall sculpture of Anubis sailed into New York Harbor. As it sailed into the harbor, the jackal-headed god made an odd, to say the least, juxtaposition with the Statue of Liberty.
This is how TourEgypt.net describes Anubis:
Anubis is an incredibly ancient god, and was the original god of the dead before Osiris “took over” the position. After that point, Anubis was changed to be one of the many sons of Osiris and the psychopomp (conductor of souls) of the underworld. His totem of the jackal is probably due to the fact that jackals would hunt at the edges of the desert, near the necropolis and cemeteries throughout Egypt.
Prayers to Anubis are found carved on the most ancient tombs in Egypt, and his duties apparently are many. He watches over the mummification process to ensure that all is done properly. He conducts the souls through the underworld, testing their knowledge of the gods and their faith. He places their heart on the Scales of Justice during the Judging of the Heart, and he feeds the souls of wicked people to Ammit.
In some stories, Anubis is the son of Ra and Nephthys, or Set and Nephthys…. Some have Heset as his mother, and still others say Bast. This apparent confusion is still another sign of Anubis’ origins in the most ancient of times. He also has a daughter, Kabechet, who helps him in the mummification.
Worshipped widely throughout all of Egypt, his cult center was Cynopolis.
Do you think the ACLU will lodge a complaint that the presence of gigantic statues of the Egptian god of the dead in the public spaces of Manhattan and Denver International Airport violates our Constitution’s First Amendment’s “separation of church and state”? No? Why is that?
Here’s a postscript to the above:
There are peculiarities other than Anubis to the Denver International Airport, including an apocalyptic horse with glowing red eyes welcoming visitors, nightmarish murals of people wearing gas masks, strange words and symbols embedded in the floor, gargoyles sitting in suitcases, and runways shaped like a Nazi swastika.
I’m not kidding.
This is how Vigilant Citizen describes DIA:
…there are so many irregularities surrounding the DIA, that a voluminous book could be written on the subject. The facilities and the art displayed lead many observers to believe that the DIA is much more than an airport: it is literally a New-Age cathedral, full of occult symbolism and references to secret societies. The art at the DIA is NOT an aggregation of odd choices made by people with poor taste, like many people think. It is a cohesive collection of symbolic pieces that reflect the philosphy, the beliefs and the goals of the global elite. The DIA is the largest airport in America and it has cost over 4.8 billion dollars. Everything regarding this airport has been meticulously planned and everything is there for a reason.
Read Vigilant Citizen’s detailed analysis, with pictures, of all the occultish strangeness of the airport, HERE.
Oh, one last thing….
Denver is also the city where, on August 28, 2008, before an adoring congregation of 84,000 packed into a huge football stadium at the base of the Rocky Mountains, with a backdrop of gigantic faux Greek columns, Barack Hussein Obama gave his acceptance speech as the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate — and pagan America’s new messiah.