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They’re not putting the cross on the mound at Busch Stadium anymore

Jul 9, 2013, 11:07 AM EDT

Cross Mound

A couple of weeks ago we learned that there was a fuss of sorts — something of a minor ruckus — involving Cardinals pitchers and grounds crew members putting a cross on the mound at Busch Stadium. People were offended, see, because, I dunno, it turned them into Christians against their will or something.

Now, as a result of the outrage, the Cardinals have removed the cross and asked players and grounds crew not to put it there anymore.

I’m a big annoying agnostic who is among the first to get irked when religion and government start to become intertwined, but I fail to see how this could have truly bothered anyone. It was a step up from a guy wearing a crucifix or looking to the heavens after doing something good on the playing field. No one was asking anyone else to adopt any beliefs. No one else’s beliefs or freedoms were impinged. Someone just got annoyed at someone else’s thing and decided to be a pain about it.

Hope it made them feel better.

173 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. biscuitneck - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Well I’ll be. I thought it was an upside-down cross. Well this Satanist is a little bit disappointed.

  2. 13arod - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Sorinio who is playing for the nationals when he was with tampa he made a cross in the dirt

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      Lousy grammar, puncuation and spelling. Rewrite.

      • phillyinknoxville - Jul 9, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        And in your criticism, you misspelled “punctuation.” Fail.

  3. wheels579 - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Imperialism doesn’t breed tolerance.

  4. sc101071 - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    And I thought it was to ward off vampires. Just imagine how Pat Robertson will point to this if the Cards begin to fall in the standings.

  5. wheels579 - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    If you think certain behavior is a sin, don’t engage in that behavior. However, your belief system doesn’t govern everyone. Simple as that. Freedom of choice isn’t an assault on your faith.

  6. clemente2 - Jul 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Wrong, nolan….When someone else’s religious beliefs cause them to try and impose their religion-generated world view on others through law, terrorism, or other coersive means, it is appropriate and indeed required to ridicule those beliefs.

  7. diditforthelulz1 - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Oh noes, what do they have against the letter “t”?

  8. qbofthefuture - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    There’s no political or social subtext to the Cards’ decision. Rather, removing the cross was motivated by America’s *real* religion, which is capitalism. There are many, many, many non-Christian Cards fans (I know some). Why should the team risk alienating paying customers?

  9. jimeejohnson - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Today’s humans are mighty thin skinned. Why, back in my day, we didn’t even have…!
    Seriously though: they should have balanced the cross with a Satanic symbol of death! Then , nobody would have complained because the situation would be balanced.
    Whadya mean, “no”?

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