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Public Gather this Saturday at Mt. Soledad

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Per the Mt. Soledad’s Veterans Memorial site, the “mission” of the cross atop La Jolla’s hill since the original dedication ceremony in 1954 is: “To enhance and preserve the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial honoring veterans who have served our country and to educate the general public about service to our country and the sacrifices that veterans make to preserve the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.”  The site was first built to honor Korean War veterans.

Last Tuesday a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Mt. Soledad cross display as “unconstitutional. ”

According to Charlie Butts with OneNewsNow, “Attorney Charles LiMandri (a San Diego lawyer) tells OneNewsNow that the justices do not seem to care about public acceptance of the cross. ‘They are very agenda-driven,’ he bluntly states. ‘I mean, they have the election results — twice the people of San Diego have voted [to keep the cross]. It’s come in at 76 percent of the people want the cross to remain where it is. The [numbers from the] latest San Diego Union poll, with thousands of people participating, were at 77 percent.'”

SignOn San Diego reports, “For now, opponents of the cross have prevailed… The appeals court did not order the 43-foot monument removed but returned the case to federal court in San Diego to determine if the cross will have to be moved or if there is a way that it can be modified to pass constitutional scrutiny as part of the war memorial.”

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed a brief on behalf of 25 members of Congress supporting the cross, called it a “judicial slap in the face” to veterans.

Thousands of supporters are planning to demonstrate at the cross at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday per the USA Constitution American Patriot website.

What do you think about this?

Photo via Jason Pratt via Flickr.

3 Comments

  1. LarryLinn

    January 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    My grandparents had to flee Northern Ireland after death threats because of conflicts between Catholics and Protestants. She was Protestant, and he was Catholic. When I became of age, I volunteered and joined the Army, and I served as an 11B Infantryman. Most of my time in the field was in squad or platoon size operations. We would have discussions about what we were fighting for. It always came back to the “Bill of Rights”. To me the most important was “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
    What else did our Founding Fathers have to say about religion:
    “Question with boldness even the existence of a god.” – Thomas Jefferson (letter to Peter Carr, 10 August 1787):
    “All natural institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.” Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason;
    “Religion and government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together”, John Madison.
    “Lighthouses are more helpful than Churches”, Benjamin Franklin

  2. SHERRY LAMBERT

    January 16, 2011 at 8:18 am

    THE CROSS IS A SYMBOL OF CHRIST AND OUR FALLEN VETERNS! IF YOU DO NOT LIKE IT ….DON’T LOOK AT IT…. THERE ARE PLENTY OF FEDERAL LAND TO EXPRESS YOUR OWN BELIEFS. OUR FALLEN VETERANS FOUGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM… AND THAT INCLUDES FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND THAT INCLUDES YOU ALL THAT OPPOSE OUR CROSS. SO, IF OUR CROSS BOTHERS YOU…. DON’T LOOK AT IT… LOOK AT YOUR OWN RELIGION AND WORSHIP THAT…. LEAVE OUR CROSS ALONE ….. AND DO NOT MODIFY IT!!

  3. No

    January 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    A 43 foot religious symbol like the Easter cross does not belong on public land supported by taxpayers. These congressment have known that for 20 years, yet keep wasting millions on appeals and obviously unconstitutional legislation.
    The claim that the Easter Cross was built as a war memorial is just plain dishonest. It has been the Easter Cross since 1913, was rededicated as the Easter Cross on Easter Sunday 1954, was used for Easter services (NOT veterans or memorial day) until the court cases, and is still the Easter Cross on maps and GPS.

    If this were truly a war memorial to ALL veterans, it should be the US flag for which they all fought.

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