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ACLU Targets Cross at Memorial Site


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?

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  1. capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
    July 26, 2012 @ 9:29 am


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  2. pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
    July 26, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    Our taxpayer dollars are paying for this blatant attack on free speech by the ACLU and justice department. We also paid our justice department to attack Arizona’s immigration law and several states’ voter ID laws even while they refuse to enforce immigration law and DOMA. Add Fast and Furious to that list of taxpayer-funded travesties by our justice department and it is very clear that we need to get Holder out. The only way to accomplish that is to get Obama out. No matter how you feel about Romney, he would never appoint someone as liberal as Holder. It is so important to get out and vote this November. Please don’t stay home or vote third party. Obama HAS TO GO!

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  3. goodguynyComment by goodguyny
    July 26, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    At one time the ACLU did wonderful work, especially during the civil rights movement of the 60′s. Now they want to address every liberal agenda that is out there. Now if someone were fighting to actually PUT UP A CROSS on the site, the ACLU would be no where to be found. But now that some atheist who just can’t ignore it and let other who do believe exercise THEIR rights, then the ACLU must try to change it for the people who are offended (the minority) and not uphold the rights of those who do believe in it’s meaning. Again from the Left,,,what is good for us is good for you but not vice versa. Hypocrites.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      July 26, 2012 @ 11:10 am

      As was said in ‘A Few Good Men’ your honor, i strenously object.

      One of the great myths of the 20th – and now 21st – century is the belief that the American Civil Liberties Union was an organization that had a noble beginning, but somehow strayed off course.

      That myth is untrue. The ACLU set a course to destroy America – her freedom and her values – right from the start.

      From its very beginning, the ACLU had strong socialist and communist ties. As early as 1931, the U.S. Congress was alarmed by the ACLU’s devotion to communism. A report by the Special House Committee to Investigate Communist Activities stated

      The American Civil Liberties Union is closely affiliated with the communist movement in the United States, and fully 90 percent of its efforts are on behalf of communists who have come into conflict with the law. It claims to stand for free speech, free press and free assembly, but it is quite apparent that the main function of the ACLU is an attempt to protect the communists.

      And I would add enable the Communists in their endeavor in “The Communist Takeover Of America – 45 Declared Goals

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  4. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    July 26, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    Did not Jesus say; they will hate you, because they hated me first? That memeorial is for vets who gave their time and some their lives. Nothing is sacred in this country anymore from the onslaught of socialism. Anti Christ Lawyers Union hates everything in this country that you were taught to love.

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  5. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    July 26, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

    The ACLU is offensive to me. Can I sue to have the ACLU removed? It seems to me that as part of a minority group, I do have blue eyes, I should have special standing in court, as do members of other minorities. Am I being anymore unreasonable than any other minority, such as atheists, who are offended by almost anything Christian? I think not!

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  6. prairelivingComment by praireliving
    July 26, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

    The definition of tolerance (according to Websters) is: to respect (the beliefs, etc of others) without sitting in judgement on them. Evidently we are expected to tolerate all things liberal while they have no need to tolerate anyone with a different belief or opinion.

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  7. Charles MartelComment by Charles Martel
    July 26, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    Most of these have crosses on them.
    When will the ACLU try and erase them?

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