Religion News Service reports:
Inspired by a family in Georgia, a Christian movement to erect crosses decorated with Christmas lights during the pandemic has taken off nationally as a symbol of positivity and prayer. As part of a grassroots initiative people are calling both Faith Over Fear and Faith Not Fear, lit-up crosses are appearing in front yards from Kentucky to Louisiana to Ohio. Local Facebook groups have sprung up in communities around the country for people to post photos of their crosses, with well over 20,000 members between them.
But the lit crosses have also drawn comparisons to the Klu Klux Klan’s burning crosses. “The response I am getting from a lot of African Americans is, ‘how did they not see this looks like a burning cross?’” said Anthea Butler, associate professor of religious and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania. After conservative commentator Erick Erickson posted a photo of a lighted cross in his yard on social media, he dismissed viral pushback comparing the image to ones of KKK members lighting crosses on fire.
Two brothers who went to school with my kids are making these and selling them for $20. They’re then taking the money and buying snacks for area hospital break rooms. I added the lights. pic.twitter.com/4stTVxiebg
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) April 5, 2020
Erick Erickson, for someone who claims to despise socialism, you sure do love being publicly owned
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) April 5, 2020
I know you like to trigger libs but couldn’t you use a symbol that doesn’t represent 150 years of murder?
— Laurie Kilmartin (@anylaurie16) April 5, 2020
He knows exactly what he’s doing. And he did it on April 4, the anniversary of Dr King’s assassination.
— ClimateJusticeNow (@schkimb) April 5, 2020
Two brothers who went to school with my kids are making these cool Covid-19 masks and selling them for $1. They’re then taking the money and buying snacks for area hospital break rooms. I added the holes. pic.twitter.com/vULTSnpGD3
— Comfortably Numb🏠 (@YGalanter) April 5, 2020
Do theese fine young men also do Swastikas so they can get snacks for hospitals? That way you can have a Swastika in your yard along with your burning cross?
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 5, 2020
Are you leaving them on the lawns of Episcopalians
— VeryBigVeryPowerfulHat (@Popehat) April 5, 2020
Two brothers who went to school with my kids are making these and selling them for $20. They’re then taking the money and buying snacks for area hospital break rooms. I added the lights. pic.twitter.com/mNlY07AEMe
— Magnum, T.I.(m). (@PostinMonkey) April 5, 2020
Wait till the people upset by my Christmas lights on the Easter cross find out what we Christians think will happen to them if they don’t accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) April 6, 2020
I wish I could be there the day you find out Jesus is black.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) April 6, 2020