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Three Republicans introduce bill in Congress to save cross atop Mt. Soledad

Three Republican members of Congress from San Diego County have introduced a bill aimed at blocking the removal of the cross atop public land on Mt. Soledad in San Diego.

The bill submitted by Reps. Duncan D. Hunter of Alpine, Darrell Issa of Vista and Brian Bilbray of Solana Beach comes in reaction to a decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last week that the 43-foot-tall cross violated the constitutional separation of church and state by seeming to endorse a particular religion.

The bill would allow religious symbols that are part of military monuments.

The cross was built in the 1950s as a war memorial. In more recent years some 2,700 black granite plaques engraved with names and  photos of war veterans have been installed on walls at the base of the cross.

Bilbray and Hunter have also urged U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to continue the legal fight to keep the cross from being removed. The land beneath the cross has been under the control of the federal government since 2006.

The appellate decision puts the two-decade-old legal fight back in a federal trial court, where additional litigation is expected. A number of litigants, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, have sued to have the cross removed.

RELATED:

Cross on public land in San Diego is unconstitutional, federal court rules

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

 

 
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Only the elimination of all conservative Christians will allow all Americans to be free and the world to no longer have to live in fear of the U.S.A.'s imperialist, terrorist holy war. The conservative ideology has never helped mankind in any way, it has not only never helped mankind in anyway, it has oppressed, murdered, raped and killed all those in it's way to gain power. History shows us this. Fact shows us this. James Madison, the "Father of the U.S. Constitution", along with many founders of this country, regardless of their religious or non-religious affiliations, knew keeping politics and religion separate not only preserves each, but helps them flourish: "The number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church and the State.

These are fastly becoming, the sadest days in our countrys history when a simple cross dedicated to those who gave their lives for this country - even on federal land- should somehow be a problem for anyone for any reason -then yes it is time for the Holy God of all Creation to show up with his lawyer and consel his one and only son -Jesus -Who hung on such a thing to make all people free . IT IS TIME HEAVENLY FATHER TO BRING YOUR RATH OF JUDGEMENT ON THE PEOPLE BECAUSE -NOW- THEY KNOW WHAT THEY DO !

Can't have a cross but the House of Representatives and the Treasury building can be used for Sunday church services attended by guys like Adams, Jefferson and Madison all through their terms as President!

See: http://federalistblog.us/2010/11/_defending_jeffersons_wall_of_separation_metaphor.html

Can't have a cross but the House of Representatives and the Treasury building can be used for Sunday church services attended by guys like Adams, Jefferson and Madison all through their terms as President!

See: http://federalistblog.us/2010/11/_defending_jeffersons_wall_of_separation_metaphor.html

As a non-Christian veteran, I find the cross offensive to my religious beliefs. The cross is on tax supported government land. The people that want to keep should move it to private land.
"Religion and government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together", John Madison

As a non-Christian veteran, I find the cross offensive to my religious beliefs. The cross is on tax supported government land. The people that want to keep should move it to private land.

Yet another obviously unconstitutional and dishonest bill from the same three congressmen who have caused 20 years of litigation. These guys will do anything to whip up distractions. Too bad their blocking the obvious compromise (moving the cross to the Presbyterian church) has cost the taxpayers millions.


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