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-Case Settled: Mohave Cross is Coming Back

by Dr. D ~ April 27th, 2012

The Mojave Memorial Cross seen boarded-up in M...

         The Mojave Memorial Cross  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From ABC News:

A federal judge approved the lawsuit settlement on Monday, permitting the park service to turn over a remote hilltop area known as Sunrise Rock to a Veteran of Foreign Wars post in Barstow and the Veterans Home of California-Barstow.

The park will give up the acre of land in exchange for five acres of donated property elsewhere in the 1.6 million acre preserve in Southern California.

The swap, which could be completed by the end of the year, will permit veterans to restore a cross to the site and end a controversy that became tangled in the thorny issues of patriotism and religion and made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003.

Response: After 11 years of legal battles the Mohave Memorial Cross will soon be able to be restored on what is now private land. The original Mohave Memorial cross was erected in 1934 to honor those killed in World War I and maintained by volunteers for years. The controversy began when the land it was on became part of the new Mohave National Park and the lawsuits followed beginning in 2001 to have the cross removed. In the mean time the cross was boarded up in order to not offend.

It was thought to be resolved by a Supreme Court ruling in April 2010 but shortly after that in May 2010, activist tore down the cross and stole it. The ruling on Monday makes it now possible for the cross to be restored.

Here are links to our previous posts on the Cross:

-Does the Constitution Really Protect Us from Being Offended?

-Supreme Court: Mojave Memorial Cross Can Stay

-Mojave Desert Memorial Cross is Stolen

What I really don’t understand about this case is why the opposition tried to block the land transfer to private hands if the only issue was that it was on public lands and thus a matter of church and state. The only explanation for continuing the fight and the subsequent destruction of the cross is that the opposition really doesn’t care about church and state issues but only uses that as an excuse to fight any display of religion where ever they find it regardless. It is ultimately a battle against people of faith and radical secularists.            *Top

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