For over 75 years, out in the middle of the desert of southern California stands a monument to fallen Veterans. That is until now..
You see, there are 2 problems with it.. First of all, it sits in a National Reserve, 2nd, it is a cross. Not a huge cross like the one along the interstate somewhere in the middle of Oklahoma. It stands a reported 5-8 feet tall.
It now is being threatened by the ACLU, and the 9th circuit of appeals has ordered that it be covered up (as it has been for a few years since the original ruling). The fate of the cross is now in the hands of the US Supreme Court. To his credit, the Obama administration has supported the cross being there (despite him saying that we are not a Christian nation, even with more than 3 of 4 people claim some form of Christianity). The ACLU says that since it sits on public land, it violates the Constitutionally guarantied separation of Church and State. The only problem with that is that the Constitution doesn’t say that. This is what the First Amendment says:
- Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It says that there will be no State run church like the Church of England of Colonial times. It really bothers me that it has been twisted by the courts and by the ACLU to say that there can be no religious symbols on any public property anywhere. It is freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. It means that the government can’t force the population to join a church, and the government can’t start a church. It also means that the government can’t make any laws restricting your religion.
In this PC world we have come to live in, people take offense at things that were never meant to be offensive. I’m sorry to the 3.9% of the population that are religious, but not Christian. We aren’t meaning to offend you; we are only practicing our religion. We are in no way infringing on your rights to practice your religion. We are in no way trying to force our religion on you.