Monday, February 6, 2012

Rally at Mt. Soledad and Camp Pendleton Crosses

(Are you in the military? Check out the San Diego Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers.)

A La Jolla newspaper has twice reported that this Thursday, February 9th, there will be a rally on Mt. Soledad in favor of the cross. I've seen nothing else on the web about this, but that doesn't mean it's not going to happen. To preserve the appearance that there is no opposing opinion, church groups often keep these things very quiet, and it's easy for them to do so since these things are organized and communicated within churches rather than in daylight online.

There's also a second controversy about a cross on government land, which is at Camp Pendleton. Of course Duncan Hunter has weighed in on this, showing where his priorities in his district lie (not on the economy apparently) - and he's even sponsored a House bill specifically allowing religious symbols on war memorials. The bottom line is that it's disappointing Hunter is willing to be so small as to sacrifice some of his constituents' civil rights - which is what those veterans were fighting for - to get a few more dollars from his donors.

The question to Christians in these situations is the Allah test: if Muslim soldiers had built a Quranic monument on a hill in Camp Pendleton, or there was a giant Buddha-head built with your tax dollars looking out over the La Jolla coast - would you accept that? (It has to be the Allah test, not the Flying Spaghetti Monster test. Christians aren't afraid of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, but there are plenty of real Muslims who would like to put a Quran monument on an American Marine base.)

My own father was a veteran, and an atheist - and, like me, someone who didn't think it's the government's job to spend his tax dollars on state religious monuments.

1 comment:

Debbie said...

Thanks for posting this. I will be at the cross. Wish I knew what time!