On the front page of the 72 Hours section of the Frederick News-Post on Thursday, there was a picture of the fountain in front of City Hall in downtown Frederick. In the caption, it states that the cherubs depict Cain and Abel, the first sons of Adam and Eve.

I have to admit that I have lived in Frederick my entire life and walked past the fountain many times, but I never knew who the cherubs were. My concern with publishing this information is that some non-Christian individuals may now demand that they be removed from the fountain due to their beliefs.

We have all watched while statues depicting historical individuals were removed and placed in storage when they offended people. I hope this does not happen, but will not be surprised if they disappear.

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Girl No.3

I'm worried that the sky is falling. Jesus.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Cain was the older brother of Abel. Cain plough the ground and was wicked. Abel was a shepherd and was righteous. Cain murdered Abel.. Years later Adam &Eve had another son and named him Seth. 4000+ years later a descendent of Seth's came into this world and became a Shepherd and was righteous, his name is Jesus. 2000 years ago a group of wicked people tried to murder this Shepherd. At first the wicked people thought they succeeded, but three days later they saw him alive and didn't believe.

"Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day".

Historian Flavius Josephus [Jo-see-fuss]


Maybe you could take a crack at explaining why it might be important to a Christian to keep a statue of a murderer on display. I’ve been wondering about that all morning. Even a cherubic looking one.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Can't help you on that one, I'm baffled by any kind of statue that people erect in this country. Washington DC is a prime example of nothing but statues, all of dead people. Some riding horses one hoof raised, two hoofs raised, some who were assassinated, one big statue for a guy who owned slaves and is idolized for writing about all men who are created equal. A statue for a guy who freed the very people that the guy before him who said they should be equal but kept as property. And people from all over the country/ world pay big bucks to come and look at them. So nope can't help you.


You’re right. Religion is as senseless as politics.


OP, how did two people populate the World with a huge variety of human beings without a lot of intermarriage (to use a polite term) going on?? That one and the “2 of every kind” on a boat for 40 days and nights always baffled me.


Oh, c’mon, phy, get yer mythology right. The flood lasted for 40 days. Or 150 days. You get to choose which part of the Bible isn’t true. And there were either 1 pair of every kind or 7 pair of some kinds. Again, you get to choose which part of the Bible isn’t true.


It's about the message or cautionary tale of Cain and Able. How greed can influence man. It's not promoting Cain.




Greed? Greed is neither mentioned nor implied in that fable. The god favors Abel’s sacrifice but doesn’t indicate why. Cain’s motive for the murder isn’t made explicit but envy seems likely.


I missed the photo and text but now I know about it. If anyone has the energy to muster up outrage over this, what charmed lives they've been having.


Dear Roxanne - do you know in which part of the Bible Cain and Abel appear? Is the “Christian” part?

Bless your heart for having nothing more to worry about these days. You’re adorable.


Caine and Abel are so obviously fictional, so I don't think anyone would mind those more than if they were Romulus and Remus.


Your bigotry against believers of the Roman gods is appalling. Why do you hate religion so much?


It's common knowledge that there is just one god. And he could beat the Roman gods with one hand tied behind his back.


Of course there is only one god. There are scads and scads of those one true gods.


Are you talking about DC or Marvel?


Whichever one has “Guardians of the Galaxy”.


Cain and Abel were Christian?


good point.

Obadiah Plainsmen


99.9999% of people who live in Frederick county didn't know or care about the caption. However since the FNP printed the caption and you responded with a printed LTE Proverbs 17:28 comes into play.

"Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding".

Greg F

Religious depictions in public domain can go away any time now, especially when it involves fairy tales of Lands of Nod and such. It's akin to Matthew 6:5:6 and the hypocritical need to show your religion like a badge of honor in public. And really if Cain met his wife in the Land of Nod, that would imply that she was not a daughter of Adam and Eve, nor were A&E the first people either.


Land of Nod? I did ask that question and was told that the children of children of Adam and Eve were enough by then to form a population. Personally, I do not know. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_of_Nod


Pretty sure the land of Nod was next to Winkin and Blinkin judging from the names of the characters in the poem. I once saw a cartoon that answered a lot of questions as it showed man arising from the apes on the one side and God with Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel on the other. Cain took one of the woman from the ape side as his wife. Explains a lot about our human and animal dichotomy.


Were Adam and Eve the first Homo sapiens?


Were Cain and Abel the first homosexuals?


Incest with their mother or sisters is certainly implied.


If by historical monuments you mean Confederate monuments being put into storage, that is largely because no one will take them. When they are offered to museums - where they belong, where they can be explained as to how they came to be and what they were made for - museums don't want them. If you really looked into them - how they popped up many years after the Civil War and were backed by political motivations of the 1900s that were attempts to harken back to the good old days when blacks knew their place, as a Christian you might not want them either.


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