Federal Judge: Cross On Veterans Memorial Is Unconstitutional, Must Be Removed

December 13, 2013 7:49 amViews: 4436

Mt Soledad veterans memorial cross

I wonder how long it will be before the statue of Moses holding the 10 Commandments above the Supreme Court of the United States will be removed?

Apparently what the government thought was okay in 1913, in the erecting of a cross in the desert in La Jolla California as a veterans memorial, is not okay today. Constructed as a war memorial in 1913 and rebuilt in 1954 as a concrete and steel structure, the Mount Soledad cross in La Jolla must now come down according to a federal judge who ruled the cross was a violation of the Constitution's establishment clause.

Did anyone notice the "establishment clause" says "CONGRESS shall make no law"? We're not talking about a federal judge, or the ACLU or the president, or Jewish War Veterans involved in this case, the Constitution says "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

A cross is not a religion. The first amendment was specifically written to keep Congress from intruding or interfering in any religion so they would be free to exercise their beliefs, not so the ACLU could sue the pants off of everyone they disagree with.

Our forefathers had no intention, nor did they ever dream we would one day have an organization such as the ACLU that would work day and night to remove all religious symbols, especially Christian symbols from every aspect of public life. Nor did they dream that one day the government would assisting groups such as the ACLU in that very pursuit.

If you don't like the cross, don't cast your eyes upon it.

Read more below from News 10 San Diego:

A federal judge in San Diego issued an order from the bench Thursday declaring that the government's display of a 43-foot cross atop Mount Soledad in La Jolla violates the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The federal display was challenged in a 2006 lawsuit by the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America and several local residents, all of whom were represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial counties.

"We support the government paying tribute to those who served bravely in our country's armed forces," said Daniel Mach, director of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief. "But we should honor all of our heroes under one flag, not just one particular religious symbol."

The cross was erected in 1954 and was dedicated at an Easter Sunday ceremony describing the monument as a "gleaming white symbol of Christianity."

In 2006, the federal government, through an act of Congress, obtained the title to the cross and its surrounding property by eminent domain, and declared the cross to be a national war memorial.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2011 that the cross violated the First Amendment. After the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case, it was remanded back to federal court in San Diego, where today's order was issued.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns ordered the cross to be removed within 90 days, but stayed the order until all possible appeals have been exhausted.

Proponents of the cross said they might again petition the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.

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