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Old 06-26-2011, 04:09 AM
 
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I could understand the protests if the street name was something overtly religious with actual religious intent (such as Christ The King Drive or God's Grace Avenue).

Seven in Heaven, to me, does not seem particularly religious. The intent is clearly to honor the fallen, not to promote religion. There is no religious agenda here, as far as I can tell. I don't think it's that big of a deal, and it seems like a really petty thing to get upset over.

Anyway, religious town names...
-Smyrna (a biblical town name used in 9 states)
-Moab, UT
-Hebron, CT
-Jericho, NY
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:57 PM
 
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St. Augustine, FL
St. Cloud, FL and MN
Canaan, CT and WV
Damascus, VA and MD
St. Paul, MN
St. Johns River, FL
St. John River, ME
St. Mary's County, MD
St. Mary's City and River, MD
Bethlehem, PA
Nazareth, PA
St. David's, PA
Santa Barbara, Santa Ana, Santa Cruz, Santa Catalina, Santa Monica, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, San Anselmo, San Isidro, CA
San Antonio, San Marcos, San Angelo, TX
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Old 06-29-2011, 11:20 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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A bunch of atheists here in NYC have protested the naming of a Brooklyn Street "Seven In Heaven" in memory of seven local firefighters who died on 9/11. Their objection is that Heaven is a Christian religious term that should have no place in the public domain. I think their protests are churlish and stupid. But it got me thinking about how many other places in the U.S. have overt or semi-overt religious names. The ones that come right to mind

Sangre De Cristo mountains -- (Blood of Christ)
San Francisco -- (St. Francis)
St. Paul (Minn.)
Bethlehem (Penn.)
St. Charles (M0.)
San Jose (Cal.) -- (St. Joseph)
San Juan (P.R.) -- (St. John)
Sata Fe (N.M) -- (Holy Faith)

And the entire state of Louisiana -- where every county is a Parrish, for godsake! Among them: Assumption, Ascension, St. Charles, St. Bernard, and St. John the Baptist

If these protestors were right we'd have to rename half the USA! Any others come to mind ? And anyone know of any that are NOT Christian based, but come from Jewish, Muslim, Native American, or other non-Christian faith traditions? Just wondering.
Nazareth, PA
Rehoboth (Beach), Delaware
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rehoboth_(Bible)
Mahomet (Mohammed), IL
St. Joseph, IL (Supposedly named by Abraham Lincoln)
St. Mary's, PA

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I thought as much. Even the really militant atheists I've seen don't want to pretend history was something else. However if we go on that too much we might get this moved. So continuing on with places with religious names...

One I was wondering is are there any with religious names not taken from Christianity? It occurred to me that maybe Mecca and Medina would fit.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Mecca-California.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Medina-Ohio.html
Medina, Ohio - Ohio History Central - A product of the Ohio Historical Society

Granted their cities too, but their renown comes from religion.

The Greek and Roman Gods have a few cities named for them.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Apollo-Pennsylvania.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Jupiter-Florida.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Athena-Oregon.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Minerva-Ohio.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Ceres-California.html

Norse mythology also has some towns.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Thor-Iowa.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Odin-Illinois.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Valhalla-New-York.html

Although that's likely more historical than religious.

I believe Manitou is a figure in some American Indian mythology, looks to be Algonquin peoples, and there's a Manitou, Oklahoma.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Manitou-Oklahoma.html
Manitou Springs, CO.
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Old 07-01-2011, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Maryland
St. Joseph, MN
St. Francis, MN
St. Bonifacius, MN
St. Croix River (MN/WI)
Maryville, MO
Liguori, MO (named after St. Alphonsus of Liguori, patron saint of the science of moral theology - the Redemptorists are set up there)


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Originally Posted by citylove101 View Post
A bunch of atheists here in NYC have protested the naming of a Brooklyn Street "Seven In Heaven" in memory of seven local firefighters who died on 9/11. Their objection is that Heaven is a Christian religious term that should have no place in the public domain. I think their protests are churlish and stupid. But it got me thinking about how many other places in the U.S. have overt or semi-overt religious names. The ones that come right to mind

Sangre De Cristo mountains -- (Blood of Christ)
San Francisco -- (St. Francis)
St. Paul (Minn.)
Bethlehem (Penn.)
St. Charles (M0.)
San Jose (Cal.) -- (St. Joseph)
San Juan (P.R.) -- (St. John)
Sata Fe (N.M) -- (Holy Faith)

And the entire state of Louisiana -- where every county is a Parrish, for godsake! Among them: Assumption, Ascension, St. Charles, St. Bernard, and St. John the Baptist

If these protestors were right we'd have to rename half the USA! Any others come to mind ? And anyone know of any that are NOT Christian based, but come from Jewish, Muslim, Native American, or other non-Christian faith traditions? Just wondering.
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Old 07-12-2011, 10:52 AM
 
Location: south coastal texas :)
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corpus christi, TX
gosh there sure seems to be a lot of haters here D:
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Sodom, NY
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:08 AM
 
Location: metro Portland Oregon
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There's a town in my state named after every church service in history - Boring, Oregon.
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:22 AM
 
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St. Mary's, Ohio
Sangre de Cristo Mountains (Colorado)
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Falls Church, Va.
Christian County, Mo.
Christian County, Ky.

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Old 07-12-2011, 11:27 AM
 
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There's a town in my state named after every church service in history - Boring, Oregon.
HA HA HA

And its only 150 miles from Nimrod, Oregon
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