Why cut down a cross?

Nov 23rd, 2014 | By | Category: Ireland

Why would someone climb Carrauntoohil mountain with an angle grinder and cut down a five metre metal cross? What would have prompted such behaviour? Maybe they are opposed to the Christian faith, maybe they are avowed secularists who object to a religious symbol at the peak of Ireland’s highest mountain; maybe their reasons are much more personal, much more painful.

There is a moment in Ridley Scott’s 2005 epic film The Kingdom of Heaven where the character Balian—a crusader who has come to Jerusalem to defend the Holy City—sits on …