I thought I'd throw this quote in response to all the arguments in favour of safety, which are by their very nature cowardly, dishonourable, and unchristian (fear for one's temporal well being is a mockery of our faith in the final resurrection and contrary the most fundamental tenets of the Christian Religion).
'The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.' -- Tacitus
I would agree that fear for one's temporal well being, etc is, indeed, a mockery of our faith. Which is why I, personaly, would object to the concept of "going out with guns blazing" and taking as many with me as possible, which seems also to be a mockery of our faith. (Note: this isn't a point I bring up for debate, but my own personal conviction. I understand that others have a differing viewpoint. That is between them and God, just as my viewpoint is between me and God.)
However, though I am completely on the side of the religious choice of the individual with regard to the topic of this thread, which is the carrying of a religious symbol that is apparently less harmful than a set of eye-lash curlers (those things are deadly, believe me!) I would also disagree that, from the Orthodox persepective, death is to be considered "natural" and we should "get over it".
Perhaps I have missed something in the conversations that have preceded, and ask to be excused for any careless reading on my part. But I would respectfully suggest that if we don't mourn - I'm not speaking of perpetual morbidity or fear of death - but sincerely regret the death of each and every human being (with whom we are so closely bound, both in being made in the image of God and in being marred by our human weaknesses) as being completely unnatural according to God's creative purpose, we have missed a crucial point of our faith.
Today is Forgiveness Sunday for those of us residing in the antipodes and I, therefore, ask forgiveness for any offence I may have caused in posting to this forum at any time.