In recent days, a couple of different religiously themed sculptors and displays have been taken down.
A 100-foot fire truck in Iowa has an image on its back. It's of a firefighter walking through smoke and smog with a staff in his hand. Behind him stands the shadow of Jesus, carrying a similar stick and striking seemingly the same pose. Underneath the shadow and firefighter are the words "The Lord is my shepherd." But this image has been the source of controversy in Iowa, according to Billy Hallowell of The Blaze. The Cedar Rapids' Civil Rights Commission received a complaint about the image, and now questions have been raised about whether it's a violation of the First Amendment, The Blaze reported. "We have an image that may be considered Christian and (the person complaining was) wondering if any government dollars were used to put it on there," Civil Rights Commission executive director John-Paul Chaisson Cardenas told KGAN-TV, according to The Blaze. But the fire truck image isn't the only religiously themed presentation to be axed out of the public spotlight. One California city recently had a debate over public crosses, according to Religion News Service. AnnMarie and Chad Devaney took away the roadside cross, which had stood for more than a year "near the site where their 19-year-old son Anthony was struck and killed by a car in May 2012," RNS reported. After the American Humanist Association received complaints from local residents, the Devaneys removed the cross. But other locals lined up to erect their own crosses, sending off messages like "What if this was your child?" and "Get a life," RNS reported. Legal experts weighed in on this decision, too. David Niose, a legal director for the AHA's Appignani Humanist Legal Center, told RNS that Lake Elsinore, Calif., was known for constantly contesting the U.S. Constitution's religious restrictions. Similar situations occurred at U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., where officials took down a Bible verse - "Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you because of me" - that had been posted on a whiteboard, The Blaze reported. The verse offended some, who expressed complaints. But in an act of unity, many cadets have been posting their own verses on whiteboards, The Blaze reported. "Had it been in his room - not a problem. It's not about the belief. It's about the time, the place and the manner," Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told The Blaze. "It clearly elevated one religious faith over all others at an already virulently hyper-fundamentalist Christian institution. It massively poured fundamentalist Christian gasoline on an already raging out-of-control conflagration of fundamentalist Christian tyranny, exceptionalism and supremacy at [the academy]." But not all public religious displays are being taken down. "Homeless Jesus," for example, is a still-standing sculpture in a small North Carolina college town that shows the Savior sleeping on a park bench, Religion News Service reported. The sculpture is meant to show a religious statement about Jesus, RNS said. It's also supposed to make you think about faith and homelessness, said the Rev. David Buck, the rector of St. Alban's Episcopal Church, where the homeless Jesus resides. "You love it, you hate it," Buck said, "it makes you think."%3Cimg%20src%3D%22http%3A//beacon.deseretconnect.com/beacon.gif%3Fcid%3D153160%26pid%3D46%22%20/%3E