According to All Christian News on Oct.22 a pastor in Sterling, Colorado was told he couldn't have the name "Jesus" engraved on his wife's tombstone. Pastor Mark Baker of Harvest Baptist Church in Ovid, Colorado wanted to honor his wife's wishes who died recently from cancer.
Linda Baker had requested before she died that she wanted a tombstone with the name "Jesus" engraved in the center with the Ichthus fish placed about it.
Shawn Rewoldt, director of the city-owned cemetery said it would be fine to engrave the fish on it, but the name "Jesus" was offensive to others who would come to the cemetery, and that the cemetery was not going to allow it.
The pastor and his daughter-in-law had planned to take the case to the city attorney. In the meantime, they posted their complaint on Facebook and contacted the local media. Once the story made news, the city concluded that Rewoldt's judgment was flawed, and the city would no longer cause problems for those wanting to put religious inscriptions on the tombs.
What is it with tombstones these days? Just recently All Christian News reported that a cemetery denied a family from putting two SpongeBob tombstones at their daughter's grave.