Follow Duffel Blog: PrevNextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse NORMANDY, France – Everyone remembers the iconic opening scene in the movie Saving Private Ryan, where Matt Damon’s character walks through rows and rows of crosses at the Normandy American Cemetery looking for the grave of his former comrade-in-arms. Now a group of atheists is suing to have all those crosses, part of the 125,000 maintained around the world by the American Battle Monuments Commission, removed on the grounds that they constitute a government endorsement of religion and violate the First Amendment. Bill Weinberger, founder of the Military Foundation for Religious Freedom (MFRF), has filed the suit in a U.S. federal court. Weinberger explained his amazement that the U.S. government was paying to maintain what he called “overtly Christian religious symbols” in the 21st century. Relating his experience on a recent trip to France, Weinberger said, “I was walking through Normandy, paying my respects, when I suddenly saw all these crosses in a field. I thought, ‘This is weird. Is there some sort of Christian revival going on?’ Then one of the officials said they were military graves.” Weinberger said he was first astounded, then outraged. “These thousands of men were being allowed to endorse their religion on the government’s dime on government land. If they wanted to die for whatever god they believed in, that’s fine, but that doesn’t mean I have to look at it. Honestly, it’s like Hitler won the war.” The MFRF’s lawsuit argues that since the cemetery land has been granted in perpetuity to the United States and since their upkeep is paid for by the U.S. they should be subject to previously-establishment bans on a government endorsement of religion. It has already won a victory in a lower district court that “all overtly religious symbols” must be removed from U.S. military cemeteries immediately and replaced by nondenominational and environmentally friendly headstones which double as solar panel collectors. Pending an appeal, that judge has also placed an immediate injunction on all visitors entering these cemeteries, to ensure they do not come away with the false impression that there is some sort of Christian connection to the overwhelmingly secular U.S. military. Legal experts have said that the ruling should not affect many domestic military cemeteries, which commonly use headstones. However, the MFRF has asked that the two crosses marking the graves of Robert and Edward Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery be replaced with something less controversial, such as a monument to the subjugation of transgendered Native Americans. The MFRF has added that in response to charges that their organization was targeting Christians, they had amended their lawsuit to also have Stars of Davids removed from all U.S. military headstones. According to its website, the MFRF was founded in 2006 to promote tolerance between people of different faiths in the armed forces and “cocksucking Nazi Christian dipshits”. Over the last eight years it has worked to achieve that by harassing cadets at the Air Force Academy, banning religious preferences from dogtags, and trying to cancel Christmas. SEE ALSO: Atheist Lieutenant Annoys Entire Platoon Into Christianity > Peter Hokana says: June 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM I come for the articles, but stay for the comments. Josh Noble says: June 8, 2014 at 8:14 PM I wanted to see the comments, but all I see are “I came here for the comments.” Michael O. Bell says: June 8, 2014 at 7:44 AM Ok, now its enough BILL WEINBERGER, I would surely kick your Ass and fuck U up if I ever catch U,..U POS!! I would literally KILL U!! Yes I SAID KILL!! Would sleep soundly too after!! Josh Doud says: June 7, 2014 at 7:43 PM I’m an agnostic and I find what this Atheist group to be doing extremely offensive, I don’t believe in religion but I do believe people have the right to practice any religion they choose and the right for a nation to honor its soldiers who died fighting for that freedom Priscilla Parker says: June 7, 2014 at 2:59 PM His next job should be as a Serviteur du Fossoyeur! He could mark the Graves with little weinies! Cameron Wales says: June 7, 2014 at 1:13 PM I didn’t even read the article, just scrolled down to the inevitably priceless and indignant comments. Iren Fellegvari says: June 7, 2014 at 12:14 PM Atheism is also a religion. That means cemeteries with crosses is too Christian for them, without crosses is too atheist. Why would it be more tolerant? Richard Gardner says: June 7, 2014 at 10:43 AM This guy Weinberger is either totally ignorant or a lying piece of crap. Does he honestly think that we would believe that he didn’t know that he was in a military cemetery in Normandy? His groups use of the term “religious freedom” in it’s name is akin to Planned Parenthood using “parenthood” in it’s. Neither term refers to the actual aim of the group. Kevin Crowley Maeder says: June 7, 2014 at 7:43 AM The odd thing is I know it is satire, but anyone else feel like this could of been a real story? Karl Slaughenhaupt says: June 7, 2014 at 3:58 AM Until now I have enjoyed and admired your rapier satire. I find this offensive. I get the “joke” here, but using a photo of an American cemetery to make a joke is simply wrong. That is hallowed ground and should never be made light of, not for any purpose. Tom Bledsoe says: June 6, 2014 at 9:13 PM Isn’t there a petition we can sign to oppose this? Maybe a Twitter campaign to stop this bs? Travis Burdick says: June 6, 2014 at 6:13 PM Those damn atheists always spoiling everything. They should just keep to themselves while eating babies and worshiping science. Kevin Hale says: June 6, 2014 at 4:28 PM Had to cook two bags of popcorn for the comments for this article. It’s satire people. David Lake says: June 6, 2014 at 4:28 PM Weinberger & the whole athiest movement need to be exiled & transported to some f**King island thousands of miles from everybody w/no way off that island. If they want to survive,they find thier own food. No support from anyone in the real world. Let’s see how quickly they find there is a God!!! Dan Snelson says: June 6, 2014 at 2:14 PM but, but, but what about the STAR of DAVID markers? Marilyn Clark says: June 6, 2014 at 2:14 PM Because it’s Bill Weinberger’s world and we all have permission to live in it. But only off what he deems acceptable. LOL. Silly man. Sam Cook says: June 6, 2014 at 12:58 PM Always amusing to read the comments on this kind of article. Dan Widge says: June 6, 2014 at 11:44 AM And Amerikans should learn to speak French…..unless of course they speak someother language . Kathy Evenson says: June 6, 2014 at 10:28 AM ““all overtly religious symbols” must be removed from U.S. military cemeteries immediately and replaced by nondenominational and environmentally friendly headstones which double as solar panel collectors” Cracked me up. DB scores again!! Nate Severance says: June 6, 2014 at 10:28 AM As an atheist and veteran myself, I am just here for the comments. Patrick B Gawne says: June 6, 2014 at 8:44 AM I’d like to see the looks on this godless heathens faces when they come up against thier maker. They’ll be shaking in there boots when Gad hands down a judgement of guilty, guilty, guilty and than sentances them to hang for eternity in the electric chair. Anonymous says: June 6, 2014 at 7:44 AM I understand the crosses for the Christians and the Star of David for the Jews, but what about the person buried in a grave was a Muslim, Hindu, Atheist, Cosmic Muffin worshiper or a Great Spaghetti Monster worshiper….what should we replace their crosses with??? All of the Jews believed that Jesus Christ was not the messiah, but merely a nice Jewish boy with a messiah complex. Shouldn’t their graves be segregated to their own off-site cemetery plot? Ray Spitz says: June 6, 2014 at 7:14 AM Are you SURE this is just satire? Dave Herrington says: June 6, 2014 at 7:14 AM Holy shit is this going to be good, the butthurt will be epic. Semper Fi TDB and G-had. Patrick States says: June 6, 2014 at 6:44 AM I’m just here for the comments. Joseph Michael says: June 6, 2014 at 6:44 AM “However, the MFRF has asked that the two crosses marking the graves of Robert and Edward Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery be replaced with something less controversial, such as a monument to the subjugation of transgendered Native Americans.” Out-fucking standing. Tory Liss says: June 6, 2014 at 6:29 AM wow, the comments on this one are gonna be good! Brenton Adams says: June 6, 2014 at 6:29 AM Satire, but you think this isn’t coming? Wait for it. Randy Hamme says: June 6, 2014 at 6:29 AM When the line between satire and reality becomes this blurred…. For the most part, I could really see this happening. Brad Congdon says: June 6, 2014 at 6:14 AM Solid gold. Frederick J. Calabrese says: June 6, 2014 at 6:14 AM How many won’t get the joke? Joseph Hein says: June 6, 2014 at 6:14 AM DB, You are truly troll masters. Diane Miller says: June 6, 2014 at 6:14 AM As an ordained minister, and mother of two sons who have served this country in military service, I think this is hilarious. G-Had kudos, very nervy to touch so many symbols in one post. Bob Bryan says: June 6, 2014 at 6:14 AM BILL WEINBERGER Needs to be EXILED and DEPORTED from the USA for being ANTI AMERICAN. THE CROSSES he is complaining about HONOR the men who died fighting for him to have the right to complain if he can not appreciate that then he doesn’t deserve to be in this country.!!