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Cross that honors military veterans ruled unconstitutional

Catholic World News - January 06, 2011

Three judges of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals have ruled that the Mount Soledad cross-- erected on public land in San Diego in 1954 to honor Korean War veterans-- is unconstitutional and must be removed.

“In no way is this decision meant to undermine the importance of honoring our veterans," the judges ruled. “Indeed, there are countless ways that we can and should honor them, but without the imprimatur of state-endorsed religion.”

The ruling linked the cross with past manifestations of anti-Semitism in the local community.

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  • Posted by: frjpharrington3912 - Jan. 06, 2011 11:24 PM ET USA

    "God and the soldier All men adore In time of trouble, And no more; For when war is over And all things righted, God is neglected- The old soldier slighted." From "The Moral Compass" W.J. Bennett

  • Posted by: BobJ70777069 - Jan. 06, 2011 9:28 PM ET USA

    Doesn't ANYONE remember what "imprimatur" means? Anyway, it's the 9th "Circus" we're talking about, here. It would be newsworthy if they were to make a SENSIBLE ruling. This is normal for them.

  • Posted by: GabrielAustin9013 - Jan. 06, 2011 8:12 PM ET USA

    The headline should read NINTH CIRCUIT COURT STRIKES AGAIN! Thaddeus Stevens chided for showing open contempt to a judge. He apologized "I was doing my best to conceal it".

  • Posted by: rpp - Jan. 06, 2011 1:35 PM ET USA

    Did they actually use the word "imprimatur". Talk about some very confused people.

  • Posted by: Miss Cathy - Jan. 06, 2011 11:33 AM ET USA

    I wonder how long it will take them to rule that nearly every city in California has a name that implies a state-endorsed religion. I also wonder that California seems to have, in recent times, been a target of natural disaster.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Jan. 06, 2011 7:41 AM ET USA

    I propose that we immediately move the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals to Fargo, ND, to an OUTDOOR location. In no way do I mean to undermine the importance of honoring our judges, though. Indeed, there are countless ways that we can and should honor them, but without the imprimaturs of shelter and heat. Perhaps cooler temperatures will keep them from ruling with such nonsense.

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