Sunday, October 23, 2011

Religious Freedom - #3352 - Mt. Soledad Cross Case Could Be Headed to Supreme Court - Baptist Press

The path has been cleared for supporters of the Mt. Soledad cross in California to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court after the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to review an earlier decision. The full Ninth Circuit declined Oct. 14 to review or reverse the decision by a three-judge panel in January declaring the longstanding monument in San Diego unconstitutional. What is unusual, though, is that five of the judges dissented and sided with the cross. "Removal of the Cross at this stage would pose a different Establishment Clause problem: hostility towards the role religion has played in our history, and in particular to the history of the Armed Forces," Judge Carlos T. Bea wrote in the dissenting opinion. Bea added that San Diego is heavily influenced by and dependant on the Armed Forces and the Mt. Soledad cross is located between Camp Pendleton and Naval Base San Diego. The cross was dedicated in 1954 and initially honored Korean War veterans but now honors all vets.  Read more.........

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