Congressman Duncan Hunter has taken up the case of defending the 43-foot cross at the top of San Diego's Mount Soledad, which has been in litigation for more than 20 years. The cross was originally erected in 1913 to honor the memory of Americans who sacrificed their lives to defend the United States. The cross is in a remote place on the mountain that is hard to get to, but it is now encircled by more than 2,000 plaques commemorating individual veterans. Congressman Hunter's bill is called the War Memorial Protection Act. It states that "religious symbols may be included as part of ... a military memorial that is established or acquired by the United States government." That sounds so reasonable and in accord with American customs and heritage that his bill easily passed the U.S. House on a voice vote. However, the atheists are determined to tear down this cross and make sure no one can see it. They got the leftwing Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to characterize the Mount Soledad cross as a government endorsement of Christianity. The litigation continues and the leftwing press has chimed in, calling on the Senate to refuse to pass Congressman Hunter's bill. Meanwhile, another controversy has arisen over a statue of Jesus that has been standing since 1954 on a remote hill in Flathead National Forest. The Knights of Columbus and other veterans support this monument as a tribute to World War II veterans. I saw a picture of the statue, and it is in such a desolate location that it's downright ridiculous that anybody could be offended by it. Few will ever see it. But the atheists are persistent, and they've filed a lawsuit to get some supremacist judge to claim this is a violation of the First Amendment. Christians, I urge you to wake up and realize our faith is under attack in the courts, in the laws, and in the public schools.
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