Tuesday, July 3, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court Clears Way for Removal of Large Cross

The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a ruling that a large Christian cross as part of a war memorial in California violated the constitutional ban on government endorsement of religion. This action may lead to the taking down of the cross.

The justices rejected an appeal arguing the government should not be forced to take down the memorial cross that stood atop Mount Soledad in San Diego since 1954 to honor veterans.

The case involved whether a religious symbol can be prominently displayed on public land and whether the cross violated the U.S. Constitution’s requirement on church-state separation.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that a federal judge erred by ordering the removal of a large Christian cross as part of a war memorial in a remote part of the California desert. However, that ruling did not decide the constitutionality of the cross.

The 43-foot high San Diego cross is located between the Pacific Ocean and an interstate highway, it can be seen for miles.
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