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James L. Lambert
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Signing of Legislation to Federalize Cross Angers Left
by James L. Lambert - (AgapePress)
August 26, 2006
Category: Political
STOP ME IF this theme sounds familiar: a liberal journalist in Southern California is ignoring history and the original intent of America's Founding Fathers by asserting that keeping the cross atop La Jolla's Mt. Soledad will somehow violate the Constitution.

Like ACLU lawyer James McElroy, North County Times columnist John Van Doorn’s, in his typical leftist diatribe tradition, ignores the fact that San Diego voters overwhelmingly voted (on two occasions, no less) to transfer the property where the cross stands -- first to private ownership, then later to federal ownership -- to prevent it being torn down.

In addition, Van Doorn, a former employee of the anti-war and editorial left-leaning New York Times, somehow forgot to mention that the Supreme Court several weeks ago granted a permanent stay (while other cross-related court cases were proceeding) in favor of the City of San Diego and the retention of cross. And oh, by the way, historically left-leaning Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy agreed to the stay -- another aspect of the Mt. Soledad saga that liberals are having difficulty choking down.

Van Doorn also failed to mention -- again, like attorney McElroy, who is representing atheist Phillip Paulson in his long-running legal vendetta against the cross -- that under federal jurisdiction there is already precedent dating back to 1954 regarding religious symbols on federal war memorial sites. Van Doorn and liberal groups like the ACLU need to be reminded that there are at least four other stand-alone crosses on other public memorial sites around the country.

But what really bothers Southern California liberals familiar with the monument on Mt. Soledad is that the cross is so incredibly visible! Sitting on a high peak overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it can be seen by both northbound and southbound drivers on Interstate 5. This particularly offends Paulson, who initiated the initial lawsuit against the city in 1989.

Many San Diegans are tired of activist judges who run amok and interpret the Constitution falsely. The mythical "wall of separation" is not even in the Constitution. Our country's founders were deeply religious -- 26 of the 53 signers of the Declaration of Independence were ordained ministers.

Yet the ACLU and their representatives in the media want to brainwash the public into believing that HR 5683, the bill signed into law by President Bush earlier this month, will "set a very dangerous precedent of Congressional favoritism" (as the ACLU states in a memo dated August 17, 2006). What the atheists and writers like Van Doorn ignore is the historical significance of memorials such as the Mt. Soledad cross. The cross memorializes the sacrifice of our war veterans and honors their service to the United States of America -- among them my father for his service in World War II.

Even California's two liberal Democratic senators -- Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein -- respect the people of San Diego’s decision to federalize the cross site and preserve the historical heritage of this monument. Both embraced the measure when it was passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on August 1.

Nevertheless, the ACLU continues its attack on the religious freedom of San Diegans and their fallen family members and comrades who are memorialized on Mt. Soledad. Just yesterday, the liberal group filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a national Jewish war veterans organization and three other San Diego residents challenging the constitutionality of the cross and seeking its relocation. When will they ever learn?
James L. Lambert, a frequent contributor to AgapePress, is a licensed real-estate mortgage loan sales agent and can be contacted at

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