Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Progressive Means: Tearing Down Religious Symbols

Conservative Means: Conserving Religious Symbols

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Mojave desert Cross – Stop the ACLU

From taking statues of Jesus from Federal land that are completely submerged under water, to not allowing nativity scenes, the Democrats are anti-religious and these are only the outworking of their philosophy.

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This was defeated some time ago, but is back up. Originally they covered the cross in a tarp. But the sun would shine through it and you could still see the shadow of the cross. This was too religious, so they have now built a box around the top and cross beams. The cross was built by the VFW in 1934 as a memorial to soldiers of foreign wars, mainly WWI.

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CRAZY LUNICY from the Left’s understanding of the Constitution!

An Old Article

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that an 8-foot cross in the Mojave National Preserve is an unconstitutional governmental endorsement of religion.

Ruling 3-0, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court that had ruled against the cross, which has become both a war memorial and a place of worship at a Southern California desert site known as Sunrise Rock.

The case was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a retired National Park Service employee who objected to the religious symbolism of the steel-pipe structure, which sits about 10 miles south of Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and Barstow.

The cross, the subject of constant attack by vandals, was constructed in 1934 by a group of World War I veterans. According to a plaque they placed nearby, the cross was intended as a memorial, but has since attracted Christian worshipers.

The cross has been covered in a heavy tarp after a federal judge in Riverside, Calif., sided with the ACLU in 2002, ruling that the "primary effect of the presence of the cross" was to "advance religion."

The San Francisco-based appeals court, however, did not indicate whether the cross must be immediately removed or whether it can remain covered pending fresh appeals.

Sixty years after the cross was constructed, Congress in 1994 declared the 1.6 million-acre area, which is covered with Joshua trees, a national preserve under the National Park Service's jurisdiction.