Nov 23, 2004 / 22:00 pm
The United States Congress has acted to save a 43-foot tall cross atop Mount Soledad in San Diego, whose removal had been the subject of an atheist’s 15 year long legal battle, by designating the land on which it stands and the granite memorial walls surrounding it, a national veterans memorial.
San Diego area Congressmen, Reps. Duncan Hunter, R –El Cajon, and Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Escondido, inserted the memorial designation as part of a spending bill awaiting approval by President Bush.
Phillip Paulson, the atheist who’s legal battle was supported by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told the San Diego Union-Tribune that “Jihad Jesus Republicans need to understand that the separation of church and state has kept this country from getting into religious wars."
San Diego attorney Charles LiMandri, Director of the Thomas More Law Center’s western regional office who has led the effort to save the Mt. Soledad cross said Congress was not unconstitutionally endorsing religion because it intended to honor veterans in the same manner as the crosses at Arlington National Cemetery.