Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Mt. Soledad is Now Fed. Property!

Best friggin' news all week, folks!
At least for me. This issue has been close to my heart, since this huge cross had been my childhood "sentinel" growing up in San Diego.

A giant cross in San Diego that's been contested for 17 years by an atheist became the property of the federal government Monday with President Bush's signature.

Supporters hope the legislation transferring the 29-foot cross and war memorial it's a part of to the federal government will protect it for good. A series of court decisions have deemed the cross unconstitutional because it stands on public property.

"Just because something may have a religious connotation doesn't mean you destroy it and tear it down," said Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Calif., after an Oval Office signing ceremony attended by other cross supporters and Republican House members from San Diego who sponsored the bill.

"It's a great victory for our veterans," said House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.

But the legal fight that began in 1989 when atheist Philip Paulson sued San Diego over the cross is not played out yet.

Paulson's attorney, Jim McElroy, said he filed papers in federal court in San Diego last week to void the transfer and declare it unconstitutional.

"I don't think anybody really thinks the cross is going to remain on Mt. Soledad. It's been 17 years of litigation, and every court, every judge who's ever looked at it has ruled it's unconstitutional," McElroy said.

( Uh, by "anybody", I reckon you mean just yourself and your client?)

The bill signing "smacks of election-year politics," he said.

(I'm rubber-you're glue....)

Paulson, a Vietnam War veteran, contends that the cross, dedicated in 1954 in honor of Korean War veterans, excludes veterans who are not Christian.

(Oh Pul----leeeeeeze! Surely you can come up with something better than that?)

Rest of the story here at Yahoo


Blogger Pamela said...

I've seen several people blogging about this.

hasn't the world (ACLU) crazies about made you wanna throttle them.

Lord help us that we don't let them bring us down to their leve.

8/15/2006 9:59 AM  
Blogger white trash republican said...

Makes me wonder about this Paulson cat's motivations.
What is he afraid of? As 'Nam vet, I'm sure his nitemares consist of things more scarier than a big cross!
The "cross" does not exclude anyone, it is the individual that chooses to exclude it.
I encounter things almost daily that offend me one way or another, I certainly don't fritter away 17 years of my life trying to rid the world of them!! What a dark black heart these people have.

8/15/2006 10:11 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

I bet the ACLU is fuming.

Good news.

8/15/2006 11:15 PM  
Blogger Cookie..... said...

Ahh...Phillip Paulson sounds a bit cross.....

8/16/2006 2:09 PM  

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