Friday, March 16, 2012

Soledad Cross Appeal Now More Likely to Make it to Supreme Court

The Mt. Soledad Cross was recently ruled unconstitutional. This prompted a pro-cross rally (and pro-Constitution counterdemonstration - were you there?) Of course the pro-cross people appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and now the Liberty Institute, a Texas Christian legal foundation, is involved. The U.S. Solicitor General has now picked up the appeal, which makes it more likely that this will go to the Supreme Court.

The Mt. Soledad Memorial, as it should be.

This came through on my news alerts many times - the pro-cross crowd have been parroting this all over San Diego and national Christian news as "Government Picks the Right Side" (suddenly Big Government is a-okay, huh?) Here's the story.

The pro-cross people have succeeded in one tactic: they've spun the efforts by pro-Constitution people as trying to "destroy the monument", when in fact I don't know a single person who wants to remove the whole monument, just the cross in the middle of it ruining the whole thing. If the public thinks that it's just evil atheists who don't want to remember veterans, of course they're going to be less receptive. I know at the counterdemonstration there were veterans and family members of veterans and people who are serving their country right now. Confronted with that, they'd have a tough time explaining that away.

As an aside, has anyone actually in our community met and spoken 1:1 to the pro-cross organizers? Often when people meet their opponents and realize they're nice folks, they don't necessarily change positions but a little wind goes out of their sails.

(Usual disclaimer: I'm not an attorney and if you are or have been following this closely and have more or more accurate details about this byzantine case, please comment.)

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