courtesy Doug Kidd http://www.leatherneck.com/Dear Readers:
To all those who would do otherwise, I say : "KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY CROSS!" Thank God the Supreme Court arrived at the right decision...though not necessarily because they honor America's Christian-Judaic foundation so very much. As in all progressive-left vs. conservative debates...it was a close vote...a 'squeaker'...and one gained fully within the word and intent of the law.
Characteristically, 'freedom of religion' violators latched onto a concept (in this case that the Cross was on public land) and ran with it. The strength of their argument, as usual, was based on attempts to intimidate and then to jam yet another legal ruling 'down our throats'.
Maybe they believed we would be 'too dumb' to realize what was going on, but who cares? Clearly, they've a very sad and sorry motivation no matter how they approach things and we need to pray for Cross-haters such as these.
The Cross in question on U.S. public lands? No, actually, but let's not bother ourselves too much with the facts laid out in the article below. And nevermind that the Cross was erected by The Veterans of Foreign Wars, themselves, over 75 years ago. I believe that the net result of this prejudice-based lawsuit only serves to validate how very powerful symbol of the Cross is.
And for that, I am very grateful, as I am also grateful for and remember those who have fought and died for us that we might live free.
With Love in Christ,
Rev Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"
CALIFORNIA WAR MEMORIAL CROSS CAN STAY PER SUPREME COURThttp://www.military.com/news/article/high-court-says-memorial-cross-can-stay.html?ESRC=dod.nl
The Supreme Court said Wednesday that a federal court went too far in ordering the
removal of a congressionally endorsed war memorial cross from its longtime home in California.
In ruling the cross could stay, the justices said federal judges in California did not take sufficient notice of the government's decision to transfer the land in a remote area of California to private ownership. The move was designed to eliminate any constitutional concern about a religious symbol on public land.
The ruling was 5-4, with the court's conservatives in the majority.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars erected the cross more than 75 years ago atop an outcropping in the Mojave National Preserve.
It has been covered with plywood for the past several years following the court rulings. Court papers describe the cross as 5 feet to 8 feet tall.
"Here one Latin cross in the desert evokes far more than religion. It evokes thousands of small crosses in foreign fields marking the graves of Americans who fell in battles, battles whose tragedies are compounded if the fallen are forgotten," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote.
In dissent, Justice John Paul Stevens agreed that soldiers who died in battle deserve a memorial to their service. But the government "cannot lawfully do so by continued endorsement of a starkly sectarian message," Stevens said.
Six justices wrote separate opinions and none spoke for a majority of the court. The holding itself was narrow, ordering lower courts to look again at the transfer of land from the government to private control.
Lower federal courts previously ruled that the cross' location on public land violated the Constitution and that the land transfer was, in effect, an end run around the constitutional problem.
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