Opponents weigh in on Supreme Court Mojave cross decision
Veterans groups say the Mojave cross was no different from other war memorials with religious imagery. Opponents of the Supreme Court decision vow to fight on.
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What about separation of church and state?
Opponents of the Mojave cross expressed disappointment at the high court’s action on Wednesday, but pledged to keep fighting for removal of the cross.Skip to next paragraph
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“We will continue to argue that the land transfer did not remedy the violation of the establishment clause,” said Peter Eliasberg of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, who argued the case before the high court.
“The cross is unquestionably a sectarian symbol, and it is wrong for the government to make such a deliberate effort to maintain it as a national memorial,” he said in a statement.
The Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State said he was “very disappointed” in the Supreme Court’s decision. “It’s alarming that the high court continues to undermine the separation of church and state. Nothing good can come from this trend,” he said.
“The court majority seems to think the cross is not always a Christian symbol,” Lynn said. “I think Americans know better than that.”
“The court has sent a message that the mere existence of a religious symbol in a public place does not create a constitutional crisis,” he said.
Others disagree. “It’s clear the government was willing to do anything it took in order to keep the cross in the middle of federal land,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “Now we’ll almost certainly see such shady tactics put to use again.”