Lighted Crosses Put Neighbors At Odds In Baldwin

By David Highfield

BALDWIN (KDKA) — A woman in Baldwin is upset over a 25-foot lighted cross her neighbor put up on Robbins Street.

Carl Behr has two lighted crosses on his property, one on the roof of his house, and a larger one facing his neighbor’s property.

“I put this one up on Super Bowl Sunday. It’s a measurement of my faith,” said Behr.

“The way the world’s coming with all these atheists, it makes me sick to my stomach,” Behr said. “If I can turn one soul towards the Lord with my sign, it was well worth all my efforts.”

But his neighbor Lisa Fera says, “This is not a religion thing. It’s not about me being against the cross, or religion, or God, because I have a lot of faith in God. It’s more about trying to keep community – the value of your community up.”

KDKA’s David Highfield reports:

She says the light streams in her windows at night. She claims Behr is running a contracting business out of his home and she thinks the cross is a way of getting back at her for complaining about it.

“I shouldn’t have to come home and see a dump truck and bobcats and see heavy equipment,” said Fera. “Every cross that went up came as a direct result of conflict that we had.”

Behr says that’s not true, and that it is about his faith.

Police have asked Baldwin’s code enforcement officer to look into this situation.

Police actually showed up the other night at 12:30 a.m. to ask Behr to turn the lights off, which he did. He says he now turns them off at a more reasonable hour. The lights were off Thursday morning.

KDKA’s Lynne Hayes-Freeland reports:

  • zz

    Why does this woman’s story sound more truthful than the religous man’s? If he has a business in a residential area, it showed all the equipment, his honesty certainly seems doubtful about many things.

  • Dsavid

    If it were me, the guy’s house would be ablaze with spotlights from dusk to dawn and he could take it up with the Lord!

  • Duckdaddy

    Why is the value of her property so much more important than his business, why can people decide they dont want things in some one elses yard?

    • Brooklyn

      If he is using a porperty that is zoned as residential as a commercial property than he is in the wrong and should be cited for it. You can do whatever you wish on your property as long as it does not interfere with someone elses abillity to enjoy their property.

    • DB

      Your right to swing your arms ends at my nose. What he is doing affects her property – if what he did not effect her, when there would be no issue. The problem is that it DOES affect her.

      If I started a toxic waste dump business next door to you, would you not complain?

      • Jan

        some comparison,,a toxic dump and THE CROSS!

  • Tim

    Just shows a lack of consideration on the man’s part. He put the lighted cross up so the lights face his neighbor and disturbs them. Then it takes a police visit to get him to turn them off. I don’t questions anyone’s faith or beliefs, but this guy sounds like a jerk. I hope code enforcement males him remove it.

  • Jamie

    It’s interesting how atheists making him “sick to his stomach” but he’s the one acting with disrespect to his fellow man. I don’t know a single atheist shining lights into their neighbors windows at all hours of the night.

    • Skaði


    • Ned Flanders

      I feel that atheists are arrogant. However, a person who really knows Christ would not try to annoy his neighbor by putting up lights when the neighbor is upset about it. A good Christian would try to make his neighbor happy.

      • Mingaling

        Fenix’s comment is a rather sweeping generalisation, “Particularly a Catholic”?
        most catholics i know are extremely compassionate. If a person fails to help another in need then isnt it a human weakness not a fault that should be attributed to his religion, just a pretty ingnorant thing to say really.
        I should also add that just because a person is a christian doesnt mean he or she is automatically going to be a saint, most people who follow christ are also aware that they have weaknesses and flaws like everyone else the only difference is they pray about it and with the help of God try to change.
        Finally I agree with your comment Ned Flanders, there has to be a balance, and God deserves all the dignity we can give him.

      • Jamie

        A person who really knows Christ would not make generalizations about people either.

      • Sam

        I find many Christians to be as arrogant as they come. It’s their way or no way. I am sick of having someone else’s religion pushed down my throat. Live and let live. I don’t care what you practice, just don’t preach it to me. Don’t be so superior that you think your religion is better than mine, or my non-religion.

      • Fenix1186

        Religious folk are as arrogant as they come. If you’re in need of help a religious person particularly a Catholic will be the first one to walk by and not help.

      • respect your environment

        Atheists are arrogant? please explain… also explain how well you know Christ.


      • come on people

        How’s this for arrogant… I believe you are going to hell for not believing the same thing as me?… oh yeah for eternity.

  • TJ Dupree

    What the story fails to tell is whether the woman actually ASKED the man to turn off the light at night. He seemed to have no problem doing it that day, or making plans to turn it off earlier from then on out. Maybe theres another way to look at this?

  • Stan

    Interesting how different people try to get attention in different ways. One puts up a cross, one calls the police. So many ways to look at a situation.

  • Tony

    She is a miserable woman, no doubt. He should be a little more considerate. We use blinds in our house. There is a street light across the street, maybe I should call the police………No, I put up a $6 blind, problem solved. There is no doubt, both have issues, but for her to go to KDKA and the police shows this woman needs prayers, so does he. Pray Pray Pray.

  • Daniel

    Religion is why many wars have been fought. Every religion thinks the other is wrong. No one on this planet truly knows who or what God really is. Now that is a fact. We should respect all religions but not force religion on anyone. Worship as you choose and let me be a Deist as Thomas Jefferson was.

  • UFC

    This guy’s a complete ass.

  • Shannon Nutt

    Mr. Behr doesn’t know his Bible very well:

    “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven” – Matt. 6:1

    So looks like you’re out of luck in the afterlife, Carl!

  • JAUN


  • FixPGH

    The guy is kind of being a jerk, especially since aetheists are not satan worshippers that need “saved.” Yes, sometimes they go to extremes to get their point across, but so do religious followers. I’m all for freedom of religion but no religion or non-religion should try to force their beliefs on someone. If someone wants to find God, they will go seek him. If someone doesn’t want to believe in anything higher than themselves, that’s their choice. Aetheists are not “arrogant,” just misunderstood. And Christians aren’t that much better. People need to chill out about this stuff. And the guy needs to take that cross down because he just sounds crazy. I don’t think he’s that much of a believer that he feels the need to put that cross up. He just wants to annoy people.

  • Drod

    Why does everyone comment about the guy. He had no problems turning off the light. The article even says the lady complained about the guy running a contracting business out of his house. IT’S HIS HOUSE!!! He has every right to run a business out of HIS HOUSE!!! This lady needs to shut up and mind her own business! Not to mention this isn’t even news and I’m sorry I wasted my time reading it.

  • http://yahoo Sis. T

    Now I’m hearing all these comments on religion, if he want a cross on his property it is his property. Prayers were voted out of schools and after that chaos erupted with students and the staff. There are different religions and the only way to stay in heaven is through GOD’s Son, JESUS CHRIST. We must love one another and do what is good and what right at all times even to those who offend us.

    • summersoltice


    • kristy

      take a chill pill, sis. t. not everyone shares your beliefs.

  • Onizushta

    If this has anything to do with conflict I don’t see as how it’s news worthy except how it is being handled by each side. I’ve seen neighbors retalliating in much worse ways on a daily basis that doesn’t catch the attention of the media. A 25ft cross probably acted as a beacon to the visual hungry media mongers. Whenever a neighbor, no matter which side they’re on, is driven to extreme means by the behavior or contempt of the other, only bad will come of it. Something drove this person to erect this cross. Whether it’s belief, retalliation or both, it’s served it’s purpose by this point. Low points on sense but high points on not resorting to worse means. As far as the neighbor is concerned, if you’re constantly looking for problems, then that is what you will find. You could move in next to a church and complain about the people parking there or the noise early on Sundays.

  • lk

    He should keep the crosses, but after a certain time at night, dim them.

  • kristy

    sam and fenix1186 – you’re both 100% spot-on.

  • truth

    I find many Christians to be as arrogant as they come. It’s their way or no way. I am sick of having someone else’s religion pushed down my throat. Live and let live. I don’t care what you practice, just don’t preach it to me. Don’t be so superior that you think your religion is better than mine, or my non-religion.”
    I got a question Sam. Why are you preaching?

  • Toon

    I hope it starts an electrical fire and burns his shack to the ground.

  • ok go

    well at least he isnt burning a lowercase t in his yard like my neighbor

  • Ken S

    i love how everyone has a veiw. i think the cross is a little over the top, but the religous aspect is not what should be the focus. if it was a big 25 foot lit up steeler or pens banner they would complain also. people miss quote the bible without knowing the meening of it also. Matt 6:1 is saying that you dont do your deeds for people to see. you do them for god to see. As for the lady complaining about his work equipment. she should be happy her nieghber works.

  • kabean

    It is not okay to run a business from your house especially one that produces noise from loud machinery and trucks coming and going. There are zoning laws to protect people in residental neighborhoods. Carl thinks he is getting away with hiding behind religion but he is a sleezeball. Your contracting business will go down the tubes due to your actions…God doesn’t like ugly.

  • j-LO

    Who cares? It’s a cross! It looks better than some of the gawdy christmas displays, like the inflatable snowman or winnie the pooh! Not to mention the tacky christmas lights some people put up! Just deal with it Lady!



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