> Fair warning, you may have to s***those NASCAR-themed tombstone
plans depending on your body's future place of rest's regulations.
> Jason Carr died in a 2009 car crash and his wife Shannon spent
nearly $10,000 on a custom headstone in the shape of a couch featuring
the NASCAR logo, the logo of the Indianapolis Colts and a deer and a
dog. However, the couple's church said it didn't meet the
specifications of its cemetery and therefore wouldn't be allowed as
his grave marker.
> Shannon Carr is now suing
> The Rev. Jonathan Meyer, priest at St. Joseph Catholic Church,
notified the monument maker that the headstone didn't meet the
cemetery's standards and couldn't be placed in the church's
century-old graveyard, The Republic reported. But Carr says in her
lawsuit that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis Properties
Inc., which owns the cemetery, never produced any regulations for the
plot until more than a year after she tried to have the headstone
installed in 2010.
Meyer says that the church knew about the plans for the headstone six
weeks before Carr purchased it and that she was informed of the
decision not to allow it in the cemetery and was encouraged to not
purchase it. However, he did say that the regulations weren't formally
official until after Carr purchased the headstone. The archdiocese of
Indianapolis says that issue is out of the court's jurisdiction as it
doesn't fall within the bounds of the first amendment.
And Meyer also took a dig at Carr's decision to purchase the
tombstone. "Our culture breaks all the rules to make people feel
good," he said. "Faithful Christians know rules and
regulations are set up so there can be good for everyone."
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