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Apr 16 2014

Update on Mount Soledad cross case

Readers may recall the long and tortured saga of the huge cross erected on land near San Diego as part of a veterans’ memorial for which I gave the timeline. In a ruling on December 15, 201e, a US District Court judge reluctantly said that although he disagreed, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled in such a way that he saw no alternative other than the cross must come down by March 15, 2014 unless there was a further appeal.

Well, the cross’s supporters have now appealed all the way to the US Supreme Court. What is worse, the Obama administration has weighed in in support of their appeal, although it also said that the case should first be heard again in the lower courts. I don’t understand this request since the Appeals Court had already ruled on this.

This is the second time that the Obama administration has inserted itself into a case on the side of religion (the other was the Greece prayer case) when there was no obligation to say anything at all. They seem to be really keen on currying favor with the religious right.

Itis usually harder to remove symbols of religion than it is to erect new ones and the fact that this cross has been there since 1954 works in its supporters’ favor.

There are at least three other cases involving crosses in veterans’ memorials on other public lands around the nation that are being litigated. One person suing to remove the crosses couldn’t see why they were being inserted into veterans’ memorials at all, saying “These people who died were not missionaries or crusaders for Christ. They were American soldiers.”

3 comments

  1. 1
    Randomfactor

    In this case, the soldiers were inserted into a religious memorial. It was originally a “no Jews allowed” signal that was Veteraned up after they started losing in court.

  2. 2
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    This is the second time that the Obama administration has inserted itself into a case on the side of religion (the other was the Greece prayer case)

    The what case?

    FWIW The Greek Orthodox Church and their prayers (or anything much to do with ‘em) is not a religion that especially springs to mind when thinking things USA and Obama administration.

  3. 3
    Mano Singham

    This is the recent Supreme Court case that I have written extensively about where the town of Greece was sued to stop its practice of starting its meetings with a prayer.

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