A long-running dispute in southern California has been resolved at last. An atheist rights group has won, and a grieving mother has lost. Compassion and tolerance, supposedly much prized by liberals, were also casualties of the ruling.
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NBC 4 quotes the mother, Ann Marie Devaney, as saying amid a veil of tears, “It’s like I’m losing my son again.”
Devaney lost herself the first time in May 2012, when 19-year-old Anthony Devaney was struck and killed by an SUV as he crossed a street in Lake Elsinore. In the months that followed, his mom erected a pair of white crosses on the side of the road where Anthony died, both to memorialize a child taken from her too early and to remind motorists that defensive driving saves lives.
But the crosses were a grave inconvenience to an atheist community member, who enlisted the aid of the ironically named American Humanist Association to support him in his crusade to remove the offensive symbols from city-owned property.