H.R. 290 has just passed the House;
Now it looks for the Senate’s approval.
It’s meant to address the debate on the cross
And prevent its untimely removal
A memorial site is a wonderful thing;
It reminds us of terrible losses
Defenders of freedom who lay down their lives
And all of them, big fans of crosses
(Now, the Jewish, the Muslim, the atheist troops—
Shall we see that their rights are protected?
That’s not the intent of this bill; what it does
Is get Hunter, its scribe, re-elected.)
H.R. 290, the War Memorial Protection Act, was passed by the House yesterday. Interesting–the AP article appears to have (or to have initially had) the accurate title “House Bills Promote Religion At War Memorials” (still does, here). San Diego’s KGTV site, though, appears to have changed it to “Bill Protecting Religious Symbols On War Memorials Passed.” At least one comment at the site, though, asks why the word “promote” was used, though.
The executive summary:
H.R. 290 would authorize the inclusion of religious symbols as part of military monuments that are established or acquired by the U.S. government or military memorials established in cooperation with the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). The bill would specifically state that in order to recognize the religious background of members of the United States Armed Forces, religious symbols may be included as part of a memorial or monument commemorating the service of the United States Armed Forces.
Its sponsor is Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) of San Diego, who probably knows it is unconstitutional.