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Monday, March 28, 2011

Mount Soledad Cross Banned by the Court

Beginning in 1913, three different crosses have stood on Mount Soledad in southern California. The first two were built by groups of private individuals in 1913 on a spot used as a veterans' memorial park. In 1952, a large concrete cross, known as the Mount Soledad Cross, was erected by the American Legion in memory of Korean War veterans.

A lawsuit against the Mount Soledad cross began in 1989, two decades ago. Those who oppose the cross claim that the Mount Soledad cross is somehow unconstitutional. Since the legal controversy over this Mount Soledad cross began, two local city elections have been held and the people voted to support both the memorial park and the cross. The monument is a part of the community's history, as well as a memorial symbolizing the sacrifices made by our veterans. The Ninth Circuit Court has held that the Mount Soledad cross is unconstitutional, a violation of the establishment clause in the First Amendment. The lawsuit against the cross is part of the atheists' continuing campaign to eradicate the all symbols of Christianity from the public square, even though this is certainly is not what the First Amendment requires.

If you watched President Obama giving his State of the Union address in Congress, you no doubt saw sitting right behind him Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House John Boehner. But funny thing, the TV cameras never gave us a wide shot of that scene so we didn't see the wall behind them. That's too bad because, chiseled on the marble wall behind them in great letters are the words "In God We Trust." Do you think it was an accident that the cameras never showed what was right over the heads of Biden, Boehner and Obama?

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