by Dr. D ~ November 15th, 2012
(Mt. Rubidoux: choyoungkwan)
I can’t believe all of the ‘cross’ stories this year. We finally got one major one resolved on Veteran’s Day with the Mohave Memorial Cross once again reflecting the Son over the California desert.
Now comes this latest challenge in Riverside, California. Another cross that I have personally observed many times and a favorite spot for traditional early morning sunrise Easter services.
From Citizen Link:
A cross erected in Riverside, Calif., more than 100 years ago on land that was then private property may be sold to the highest bidder in order for the city to avoid a lawsuit.
The Father Junipero Cross was dedicated in 1907 on Mount Rubidoux to commemorate Father Junipero Serra was appointed to the charge of the California missions in 1767. Serra founded the missions, which became the first settlements of civilized people in California. In 1909, President William Howard Taft dedicated a plaque to Junipero near the cross. But in 1955, the mountain became a public park.
On Aug. 28, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State wrote a letter to the Riverside City Council complaining that the cross violates the U.S. Constitution, and that it either should be moved or the city should sell the land to a private entity.
Response: This cross has been a local historic, and religious icon for over 100 years. It was originally erected on private land and maintained privately until it was given to the public by the original owners in 1955 under the stipulation that the cross would continue to be maintained. In 105 years no one ever considered it to be a violation of the Constitution until now.
Now after all of this time the ‘Americans United’ are demanding that it be removed or the land be sold? Watch how this case develops. Every time similar cases have tried to be resolved by selling the land, it has ended up in court with secular/atheists trying to block the sale.
These cases are never really about maintaining the Constitution or a supposed separation of church and state but are really all about removing all vestiges of religion from the public square. Fact is, the opposition is never really happy unless the crosses are taken down. Their true objectives are always revealed in the process and compromise or accommodation is never at the top of their list. *Top