HolyCoast: Obama Admnistration Asks the Supreme Court to Let the San Diego Cross Stay

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Obama Admnistration Asks the Supreme Court to Let the San Diego Cross Stay

Wow, they got one right:
The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to allow a 43-foot-tall cross that serves as a war memorial to remain atop Mt. Soledad in San Diego, arguing that the cross has been there since 1954 and is not an endorsement of religion.

The government should not be required "to tear down a cross that has stood without incident for 58 years as a highly venerated memorial to the nation's fallen service members," Solicitor Gen. Donald B. Verrilli Jr. said in a new appeal to the high court.

He urged the justices to reverse a decision last year by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that said the cross was primarily a Christian symbol and therefore unconstitutional. Its prominent display on public land in La Jolla amounted to an official "endorsement of religion" in violation of the 1st Amendment, the panel of judges said in a 3-0 ruling.

If the Supreme Court takes up the case this year — which is likely — the justices could be forced to finally resolve whether religious symbols, such as crosses or depictions of the Ten Commandments, can be prominently displayed on public land.
Given that the ruling ordering the removal of the cross came from the 9th Circuit, it's almost a sure thing the Supremes will overrule them. That's what happens more often than not with 9th Circuit cases. Besides that, I think the law favors the cross and not the atheists demanding its removal.

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