Mount Soledad Memorial Ruling Appealed to Supreme Court

The Liberty Institute has petitioned the US Supreme Court to reverse the ruling of the 9th Circuit, which held the 43-foot cross on Mount Soledad near San Diego was unconstitutional.  The 9th Circuit denied an en banc review.

Last year’s ruling by the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals capped two decades of legal challenges over the cross that was used for Easter celebrations in the early 1900s and later became a memorial to Korean War veterans in the 1950s.

The article notes the US Supreme Court allowed the Mojave Cross to stand nearly two years ago — though the Park Service has yet to allow the cross, which was stolen, to be replaced.

Rep Duncan Hunter, R-Ca, has said its time to end the attacks on religious symbols in war memorials.

“It’s getting old, getting burdensome and costly,” Hunter said. “It’s time to put an end to it.”

Hunter has sponsored legislation that would proactively protect veterans’ memorials with religious symbology.