5 January 2011 at 12:11:55 AM
CNN - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a cross displayed on public property for nearly a century is unconstitutional.
Three versions of the Christian symbol have been erected atop 822-foot Mount Soledad in the posh La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, California, since 1913.
The current 43-foot cross was erected in 1954 in honor of Korean War veterans and has been the subject of near constant judicial back and forth since 1989, when two Vietnam War veterans filed suit against the city, saying it violated the California Constitution's "No Preference" clause.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the notion that the cross -- since the late 1990s surrounded by plaques and paving stones honoring veterans and war dead -- was solely a memorial.
"The use of such a distinctively Christian symbol to honor all veterans sends a strong message of endorsement and exclusion," the court said in its ruling. "It suggests that the government is so connected to a particular religion that it treats that religion's symbolism as its own, as universal. To many non-Christian veterans, this claim of universality is alienating."
I for one, hope Wayne Rotan and the Glen Rose ISD board is taking note of "The use of such a distinctively Christian symbol to honor all veterans sends a strong message of endorsement and exclusion" with their "in Jesus name' prayers. Maybe they should not be endorsing the Jesus theory and excluding other beliefs during their Glen Rose ISD board meetings.
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1 - not you
5 Jan 2011 @ 3:03:08 PM
Wait, I don't understand. Don't you attend the Methodist church or am I mistaken? Why would you say Jesus is a "theory"? Are you an Atheist all of a sudden?
2 - humanbeing
6 Jan 2011 @ 12:00:01 PM
Maybe the Glen Rose ISD could begin their meetings with a moment of silence instead.
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