This post should be called ‘Battle after battle’. First the ones that take the lives of our Armed Forces in active duty. Then the ones that take issue with the crosses in memorials that honor the service of the fallen.
Today, a victory for the cross. And reason.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed a lower court decision that could have required removal of a cross that has stood in California’s Mojave National Preserve for generations.
Although it splintered [nice double entendre] in its reasoning, the court suggested strongly that the cross should remain because Congress has transferred the small plot on which it stands to a private group, addressing constitutional concerns.
“The goal of avoiding governmental endorsement does not require eradication of all religious symbols in the public realm,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy. “This cross,” he wrote, “evokes thousands of small crosses in foreign fields marking the graves of Americans who fell in battles.”
Enough said? Should be. But where there are crosses, there are activists…’raising hell’, so to speak.
It’s amazing these cases get this far. At least it produced that conclusive statement: “The goal of avoiding governmental endorsement does not require eradication of all religious symbols in the public realm.”