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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Mount Soledad Cross Will Stay

The battle for the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego, California has finally ended after 25 long years of litigation. The Mount Soledad Memorial Association, a veterans group that takes care of the memorial, announced that it purchased the half-acre section of federal land for $1.4 million. The legal battle started way back in 1989 when Vietnam War veteran and professing atheist Philip Paulson claimed that he did not like that the memorial takes the form of a 29-foot tall cross overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The purchase was made possible by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, which called for the property to be sold to the Mount Soledad Memorial Association. The association has been at the center of the legal battle, and has been the caretaker of the monument since it was built in 1954. The president of the Mount Soledad Memorial Association said, “We are honored to now own this property and will continue to recognize our nation’s veterans with the same spirit of integrity our association has demonstrated for the past 60 years.”

I am glad to see this long legal battle come to an end for this veterans group. However, it is still unfortunate that these liberals expressed such intolerance towards Christianity for so long. Ironically, liberals are usually the ones that like to call everyone else intolerant. In reality, the memorial was not even a strictly a Christian memorial. The cross was surrounded by secular symbols and symbols of other religions, including 18 Jewish Stars of David. Clearly, there was no reason for 25 years of outcry against this exhibit to honor our veterans. I am happy to report, a truly happy ending for this long, ugly fight. Conservative Christians should be encouraged that though the battle may be long and rough, we do have the power to protect religions values in America.

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