These days, public displays of Christian faith are frowned upon. Heck, any Christian who makes a big deal about using “Happy Holidays” as opposed to “Merry Christmas” is subject to tut-tutting by the media.
It wasn’t always this way, though — and a photo from New York City in Easter of 1956 proves it.
Take a look at this photo from Holy Week during the remembrance of Jesus’ death and celebration of his rise from the dead back then, in the city that would arguably become the center of liberalism in the 21st century.
Beneath the picture from New York’s Financial District is a contemporary newspaper article which describes the buildings lit up with the sign of the cross.
“Huge crosses, formed by lighted windows, blaze above New York’s skyline as part of an Easter display in Manhattan’s financial district,” it read, according to Snopes.
“This scene, photographed from the roof of the Municipal Building, features 150-foot-high crosses in the City Services Co., City Bank Farmers Trust Co., and the Forty Wall Street Corp. buildings.”
And keep in mind, this wasn’t even on Easter proper; ChurchPop points out that while the picture was published on March 31 of that year, Easter would have been April 1. That means this almost certainly would have taken place during Holy Week.
When whoever snapped this picture took it, he probably had no idea that a half a century later, secularists would have successfully erased any display of Christian faith from the public square on penalty of opprobrium.
This is the past that makes liberals furious — one where Christians could express their faith freely without fear of censure or mockery. In the intervening six decades, they’ve done everything possible to ensure that situation was erased.
However, the picture should serve as a reminder: it doesn’t have to remain that way.
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