Loading
Proposed legislation reacts to court ruling on Mt. Soledad Memorial Cross
Rep. Duncan Hunter and the Mt. Soledad Memorial Cross
Rep. Duncan Hunter and the Mt. Soledad Memorial Cross
By Kevin J. Jones
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- In response to a federal court’s ruling that the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross is unconstitutional, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) has introduced legislation he says will ensure that military monuments which include religious symbols are explicitly protected under federal law.

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declared the war memorial in a San Diego public park to be unconstitutional. Its Jan. 4 ruling said the 29-foot cross, dedicated in 1954 to honor veterans of the Korean War, was unconstitutional because it conveys the message of “state-endorsed religion.”

The panel did not order the cross’ removal but returned the case to a lower court, where litigation is expected to continue. A number of litigants, with the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union, have sued to have the cross removed.

Rep. Hunter charged that the ruling was a “disservice” to those who have served in the armed forces and was an example of “judicial activism” which threatens the preservation of American war memorials.

“Mt. Soledad is a symbol of military service and tradition,” he said in a Jan. 12 statement. “Ensuring it remains intact is not only important to the San Diego community, but the millions of other Americans who have served in America’s armed forces and defended freedom in the face of immense danger and personal risk.”

“In cases where religious elements are present, the fact that these monuments stand as symbols of military service and sacrifice does not change,” he continued.

Legislation co-sponsor Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) said the Mt. Soledad memorial was special to him because the plaques of his father, brothers and stepfather are among the stories of military service commemorated there.

He said the legislation would ensure that Americans are allowed to “recognize the religious backgrounds” of service members in the memorials built to honor them.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
Oct
1

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 9:57-62

Gospel
Date
10/01/14
09/30/14
09/29/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Job 9: 1-12, 14-16
Gospel:: Lk 9: 57-62

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
10/01/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 9:57-62

Homily
Date
10/01/14
09/30/14
09/29/14