In the latest case of an activist court corrupting the intent of the First Amendment, a federal judge Thursday ruled that a cross displayed to honor our nation’s veterans is unconstitutional.
The cross, which has been standing in La Jolla, Calif. for nearly 60 years was, until recently, a city-owned monument. In 2006, however, the federal government claimed ownership of the cross and surrounding property through the oft-maligned process of eminent domain.
Naturally, this upset the perpetually outraged leftists in groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the government’s ownership and display of a faith-based symbol.
ACLU representative Daniel Mach explained that his group supports the government “paying tribute to those who served bravely in our country’s armed forces,” but contended that a cross displayed to honor their memory was wholly unacceptable.
Though an appellate court ruled two years ago that the cross violated the First Amendment, that case stalled before reaching the U.S. Supreme Court. Federal District Judge Larry Burns was subsequently tasked with issuing a ruling on the matter.
In his decision, Burns ordered the cross removed within 90 days. He did allow time for appeals, however.
Those in favor of the display have expressed their intent to once again seek intervention by the Supreme Court.
While practitioners of other religions might not necessarily endorse the cross, such sentiment in no way means that its mere presence is a violation of the Constitution. Our founders expertly crafted the First Amendment to allow free exercise of faith by preventing any laws establishing a national religion. Secular leftists have increasingly added their own ideology to the Bill of Rights to the point that many Americans now demand a nation devoid of any religious imagery.
This is not the nation our constitutional framers envisioned. It is no wonder a society built on faith-based morality has now devolved into a culture that accepts – and even promotes – the murder of unborn children, sexual perversion, and countless other detrimental practices.
–B. Christopher Agee
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