US Government to Defend Mount Soledad Cross
The Department of Justice has said it will “strongly” defend the Mount Soledad cross (as it has said before), the subject of a continuous legal battle for more than 25 years. The cross was ruled unconstitutional again in December 2013.
Obama administration lawyers have told the Supreme Court they will strongly defend the 29-foot-tall cross atop Mount Soledad in San Diego as a memorial to the nation’s war veterans and not an unconstitutional promotion of Christianity by the government…
The cross was aloft more 35 years before a 1989 lawsuit claimed it was unconstitutional — and appeals courts agreed.
U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli said…the 9th Circuit’s earlier ruling was “wrong” and needs to be overturned…
“The United States remains fully committed to preserving the Mount Soledad cross as an appropriate memorial to our nation’s veterans,” he said.
The Liberty Institute has been behind an effort to protect religious imagery in war memorials. In that same vein, Congress tried, unsuccessfully, to pass a law specifically protecting memorials with religious symbols.
Despite a few claims to the contrary, no part of American law requires society to scrub religious symbols from public view. While not consistent through the years, it seems that simple fact is remembered every now and then.
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