by Ed Decker / San Diego CityBeat / Originally published Jan. 19, 2011
“The 20-year legal fight over the cross on Mount Soledad took another turn Tuesday when a federal appeals court ruled the towering landmark [is] unconstitutional….” —San Diego Union-Tribune, Jan. 5
I love this ruling. I do believe that a giant, Latin cross on the city-owned peak of the tallest mountain in the area is an example of government “establishing” a religion. I also believe this issue is complex and nuanced. I believe it’s reasonable, for those who want the cross to stay, to pose such questions as:
1. Is the seemingly endless legal battle worth our time and money?
2. At what point does the historic and the religious become inseparable?
3. What does the word “establishment” mean in the context of the Constitution?
On these questions, reasonable minds can disagree. However, it’s difficult to find reasonable minds in a group that interprets literally the words of a 3,500-year-old testament— written by a bunch of toga-wearing winos—as if it were, you know, a Bible or something.
For true believers, “reason” has nothing to do with it. Their arguments tend toward the ridiculous and reactionary—such as the opinion (articulated in the U-T article cited above) that the Soledad cross “is a secular landmark amid a larger [war] memorial and has no explicit religious meaning.”
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