The cross that stands as the focal point at the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in La Jolla, California is once again under attack. The cross was ruled unconstitutional by the left-wing 9th Circuit Court, but did not order it removed. Instead, the parties involved were ordered to "work it out." Now, the cross is once again under attack by the ACLU with possible help from Barack Obama's Justice Department.
As Fox News reports, the actions by the DOJ have sparked concern from several members of Congress.
Oddly, the 9th Circuit, while ruling the cross illegal, didn't order it removed. The parties were left to begin negotiations about what to do with it. "We're going to go back and talk to the district court and talk to the government, and we will work at arriving at an appropriate remedy," ACLU attorney David Loy said at the time.
But just days ago, attorneys for the Mount Soledad Memorial Association learned that the ACLU has been negotiating with the Department of Justice without including the group that actually maintains the cross and memorial site. That sparked concern on Capitol Hill.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a veteran himself, notes that there is a federal law in place protecting the memorial. Hunter worries that rather than fighting to uphold the law, the Justice Department may be negotiating away the protections outlined in the law.
"If the DOJ is not going to enforce congressional law, they're going to go off on their own in what appears to be lockstep with the ACLU. That puts the cross in danger," he said.
In a press release, Hunter described a proposed amendment which would "prohibit the use of federal funding for purposes of dismantling any portion of the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial."
The Bilbray-Hunter amendment followed a letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder earlier in the day, insisting that the Mount Soledad Memorial Association be allowed to participate in ongoing settlement negotiations between the DOJ and the ACLU. The negotiations were revealed only when both parties jointly filed to delay the July 26 hearing date as they work towards an agreement.
"In a bipartisan fashion, our colleagues in the House of Representatives unanimously passed our amendment to prohibit the use of Department of Defense funds to tear down the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial," said Bilbray. "The memorial is not only a symbol of our veterans' sacrifice, but it is a symbol of what they fought for, religious tolerance."
Hunter noted that the DOJ's tactics could be just the first step in a calculated effort to remove all religious references from memorials: "And if DOJ is willing to cede to the unreasonable demands of the ACLU, then every religious symbol on a war memorial from Fort Rosecrans to Arlington Cemetery will be at risk."
It's time to stop the nonsense. If America is truly free, it should be free from these attacks by the ACLU. Don't they have something better to do than attack a cross?