Sioux Falls Public Works continues to sponsor a state religion

Just like clockwork, the Jesus plows appear in the Fall. It’s like our own little version of the Taliban. Like Afghanistan, let’s end this war with the US Constitution.



18 comments ↓

#1 Mike Zitterich on 10.16.21 at 2:32 pm

You cannot stop people from a 1st Amendment Protected Right to go out and share their beliefs. The Constitution does NOT ban you from using your Religion to participate in “Government”; it STOPS the Government from disrespecting the Establishment of Religion, it bars the Federal Government from establishing a National Religion, and it keeps the Federal Government from passing laws that may interfere with your free right to practice any religion of your choice.

“WE” as Americans have every right to infuse our Religious Beliefs into our Governmental process in order to guide us Morally, Ethically, and to Make Good Choices, Decisions, and to Policies.

“WE” as Americans have the right to use a Public Building, Town Hall, Park, Auditorium, School to host Religious Gatherings, but the “Government” must not favor any one religion, it must be open to ALL.

“WE” as Americans have the right to say a public Prayer before all Political Events, Meetings, Forums.

#2 Very Stable Genius on 10.16.21 at 2:57 pm

Sarah Palin was claimed to have said that climate change was just God hugging us a little closer. Perhaps, she was right, and with such change the plows are no longer needed, and thus, it’s God’s way of supporting the separation of church and state. Because God knows if you truly have faith, then you need not shove your religion onto other people, but rather care for them instead and be not judgmental, and then miraculously your faith will flourish.

#3 l3wis on 10.16.21 at 4:36 pm

Mike, for once you are correct. Government property cannot be used to favor or promote a certain religion. Lutherism, the crucifix and the Bible are all symbols of one religion, Christianity. Glad you caught it, city hall seems to struggle with the concept.

#4 Very Stable Genius on 10.16.21 at 4:40 pm

Renting a hall is not the same as promoting a religious belief with a state vehicle. A hall event involves the people who congregate there, while a religious statement on a government vehicle suggests the state promotes a given religion.

#5 Reliable Voter on 10.16.21 at 9:07 pm

It’s hard for me to imagine followers of a serious religion who believed there were actual consequences to learning about and adhering to those religious beliefs, and therefore required some discipline from their followers, would want sacred text copied onto a snow plow, t-shirt, or a lunch box.

#6 l3wis on 10.17.21 at 7:51 am

That is what has often confused me. How do you glorify your God on a snowplow? While the mural laws have loosened up over the past year, how is it that a business can’t paint a mural on a privately owned building that advertises their business, but a private non-profit parochial school can paint an image promoting their business on government owned property. Things that make you go hmmmm?

#7 anominous on 10.17.21 at 12:42 pm

that plow blade art is subtle but clearly shows christianity to be completely powerless at stopping humans from ruining the earth via pollution and climate change.

#8 Mike Zitterich on 10.17.21 at 1:25 pm

No one has an issue with the kiddos painting Jesus or God on a Snow Plow Blade. IT does NOT represent the city’s belief. Stop the drama, let kids be kids, and let the people do what they want to do. If you like it, turn your head and duck for cover. That snow is pretty cold.

#9 l3wis on 10.17.21 at 3:46 pm

Isn’t it ironic when it comes to the regulation of the 1st Amendment it is always about the kids, but when you discuss the regulation about the 2nd Amendment (the word regulation is in there) no one brings up the kids. Weird.

Furthermore, you are probably correct, I doubt anyone will see this snowplow considering they are rarely deployed anymore.

#10 LJL on 10.17.21 at 5:05 pm

Comparing kids to the Taliban…Your grandparents would be so proud. New low.

#11 l3wis on 10.17.21 at 5:53 pm

What kids? You know I was comparing the SF Government to the Theocratic Government of the Taliban, but you couldn’t resist to twist this, because, you are and will always be a f’ing prick.

#12 Reliable Voter on 10.17.21 at 8:06 pm

Yep – just a fun activity for kids, not to be taken seriously. Like public schools programs where kids sing holiday songs that reference the Christian nativity. So common and banal that courts said they no longer have any real religious meaning because even Christians don’t take Christianity seriously.

#13 D@ily Spin on 10.17.21 at 9:25 pm

Why is it that other cities don’t paint a plow? There’s a problem here that CNN or FOX could have fun with.

#14 D@ily Spin on 10.17.21 at 9:28 pm

If ‘David’ was hidden for years and civil war statues must come down, why is this art any different?

#15 scott on 10.18.21 at 8:06 am

where is the muslim plow?

#16 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 10.18.21 at 2:08 pm

What about the must eat pizza in prison on Sundays religion, that the courts have recognized? Don’t they get a plow, too?

(“Talk about a slice of pepperoni, look how that plow slices through that snow”… )

#17 Further Fear & Loathing on 10.18.21 at 2:11 pm

The atheist should get a plow, too. It could read: “Snow is science, deal with it”… While the agnostics wouldn’t care to have one, because they would just be indifferent to it all.

#18 l3wis on 10.18.21 at 7:18 pm

The more I think about it, what makes city hall, the public works department and the administration of this parochial school even more like the Taliban is their USE of these kids as a pawn in their twisted game of promoting American theocracy which is a direct conflict with our Constitution. I feel sorry for these kids for probably not understanding what they are participating in because adults are likely lying to them about the separation of church and state and the 1st Amendment. The school’s admin, the public works department, the city attorney’s office and the mayor’s office could all tell the kids to avoid religious imagery. But they don’t. In fact they put this plow front and center at the display because they knew they would be poking the bear. It’s time to end the American Taliban’s war on the 1st Amendment and stop manipulating children to do their dirty work. Believe it or not, I believe art is a gift from God, and to misuse that gift to prove some point is an affront to God and and an affront to Democracy.