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Old 12-13-2013, 04:44 AM  
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U.S. judge orders landmark California cross taken down

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A massive cross that serves as part of a war memorial on a San Diego hilltop must be dismantled because it has been found to violate a constitutional ban on government endorsement of religion, a federal judge grudgingly ruled on Thursday.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns marks the latest development in a long-running legal battle over the 43-foot-tall cross, a local landmark that has stood on top of Mount Soledad since 1954 and is visible for miles.

Burns stayed his order to give the Obama administration and the association that erected the cross, which have fought its removal all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, a chance to file another appeal. Otherwise, he said, the monument must be taken down within 90 days.

"This is a victory for religious liberty," said Daniel Mach, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's program on freedom of religion and belief who argued the matter for the plaintiffs in a hearing before Burns on Thursday.

"We firmly support the government's efforts to honor the service of those who fought and died for this country, but there are many ways to do that without playing favorites with religion," Mach said.
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The case hinged on whether it is legal for a religious symbol to be prominently displayed on public land and whether the cross violated the U.S. Constitution's requirement on separation of church and state.

The Mount Soledad cross has been the subject of litigation since 1989, when two veterans sued San Diego to get it off city land. In 2006, Congress intervened in the dispute, resulting in the federal government taking ownership of the property.

A group of plaintiffs, including the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, then sued. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals court ruled that the dominance of the cross conveyed a message of government endorsement of religion.

The Obama administration and the Mount Soledad Memorial Association, which erected the cross, appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, supported by 20 U.S. states and various veterans groups in arguing the cross should be allowed as part of the memorial.

In June 2012, the Supreme Court declined to take the case, letting the Ninth Circuit's ruling stand. In ordering that the cross be taken down, Burns said on Thursday he did not agree with the Ninth Circuit's ruling but that his hands were tied.

The cross, located between the Pacific Ocean and a major interstate highway, is surrounded by walls displaying granite plaques that commemorate veterans or veterans groups. Easter services were held annually at the cross from 1954 until at least 2000, according to court documents.

The Mount Soledad Memorial Association, which erected the cross in place of another cross that had stood on that spot since 1913, could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday's ruling.

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Old 12-16-2013, 01:11 AM   #76
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I don't get it.

They are removing a cross from a war memorial because the country doesn't endorse any certain religion...but our currency all says

"In God We Trust"

Inconsistent, at best.
One could make an arugment about the "In God We Trust" on currency, but at least that is largely religion-neutral. "God" applies to many, many religions.
But a cross is obviously a Christian symbol.
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Old 12-16-2013, 01:14 AM   #77
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I don't really understand why someone wants to build a big cross in the first place. It seems kind of egotistical. You're either doing it to boast that you're a good Christian, or you're doing it to force other people to look at something just because you like looking at it. It's not like it's going to convert anybody.

There's some OCD guy in my neighborhood who's always putting dumb religious signs on telephone poles. The guy is seriously mentally ill or something, because he's probably put up 1,000 or more signs in the 15+ years that I've lived here. People take them down as fast as he puts them up, but they usually survive a day or so. I figure that he does it so he can convince himself that he's a good Christian, but the bottom line is that he's hurting his religion. He comes across as a crazy person, and even if he didn't, seeing "Repent or Burn in Hell" written on an envelope that's stapled to a telephone poll isn't going to change anybody's belief system. If he really wanted to convert people he should be preaching in China or India or Iran.
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:04 AM   #78
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I don't really understand why someone wants to build a big cross in the first place. It seems kind of egotistical. You're either doing it to boast that you're a good Christian, or you're doing it to force other people to look at something just because you like looking at it. It's not like it's going to convert anybody.

There's some OCD guy in my neighborhood who's always putting dumb religious signs on telephone poles. The guy is seriously mentally ill or something, because he's probably put up 1,000 or more signs in the 15+ years that I've lived here. People take them down as fast as he puts them up, but they usually survive a day or so. I figure that he does it so he can convince himself that he's a good Christian, but the bottom line is that he's hurting his religion. He comes across as a crazy person, and even if he didn't, seeing "Repent or Burn in Hell" written on an envelope that's stapled to a telephone poll isn't going to change anybody's belief system. If he really wanted to convert people he should be preaching in China or India or Iran.
What's the big deal?

Accept my belief system, or else my belief system will torture you for eternity.

How can that not work?
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:05 AM   #79
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I don't get it.

They are removing a cross from a war memorial because the country doesn't endorse any certain religion...but our currency all says

"In God We Trust"

Inconsistent, at best.
The Atheists will get around to that one eventually. It's non-denominational, and their priority right now is attacking Christianity. It'll be interesting if they ever decide to take on Muslims. I don't think Atheists have enough sack to go after Islam.
I wish someone would try to get rid of the "All seeing Eye". Now that's offensive.
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:50 AM   #83
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I don't get it.

They are removing a cross from a war memorial because the country doesn't endorse any certain religion...but our currency all says

"In God We Trust"

Inconsistent, at best.
That shouldn't be on our currency either. Read up on the history on how/why it was added.
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There is not a single mention in the constitution that says anything about separation of church and state. It doesn't exist. Everyone thinks it does because a judge decided to be an activist and stated that it does. The phrase, "separation of church and state" come from Thomas Jefferson. The constitution does say that there cannot be a state religion. What the constitution actually says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Having a cross on public land in no way violates this as Congress has not made a law about it.
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:54 AM   #85
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That shouldn't be on our currency either. Read up on the history on how/why it was added.
It was an anti-commy thing.
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Old 12-16-2013, 12:07 PM   #86
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There is not a single mention in the constitution that says anything about separation of church and state. It doesn't exist. Everyone thinks it does because a judge decided to be an activist and stated that it does. The phrase, "separation of church and state" come from Thomas Jefferson. The constitution does say that there cannot be a state religion. What the constitution actually says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Having a cross on public land in no way violates this as Congress has not made a law about it.
We have laws regarding public land usage. The cross is on public land. Therefore, allowing a display on public land that clearly supports one particular religious belief even violates your own stated understanding of the Constitution.
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There is not a single mention in the constitution that says anything about separation of church and state. It doesn't exist. Everyone thinks it does because a judge decided to be an activist and stated that it does. The phrase, "separation of church and state" come from Thomas Jefferson. The constitution does say that there cannot be a state religion. What the constitution actually says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Having a cross on public land in no way violates this as Congress has not made a law about it.
WTF? You're really trying to twist the words of the Constitutional amendment to weasel out of separation of church and state? .... OK....

That makes you look even more retarded than your Raider allegiance does. Are we next going to argue that the Constitution actually meant the furry appendages of a four-legged bear when referring to "Bear arms"?

Article VI provides that all state and federal officials "shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." The First Amendment's Establishment Clause provides that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion"--meaning that not only no church but no "religion" could be made the official faith of the United States. Finally the Free Exercise Clause provides that Congress shall not make laws "prohibiting the free exercise" of religion.

If government can't require its officials to support a church; may not support a church itself; and may not interfere with the worship or belief of any church(Christian, Muslim, Greek, Egyptian, Satanic), is there a serious argument that church and state are not separate?

Also note that the Constitution does not once mention God.
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We have laws regarding public land usage. The cross is on public land. Therefore, allowing a display on public land that clearly supports one particular religious belief even violates your own stated understanding of the Constitution.
Are for removing cross memorials at Arlington National Cemetary?

I forget is this one on state public land or national?
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