Monday, October 5, 2009

ACLU vs. American Legion, VFW and millions of veterans

I've been praying that God will take action against the Anti-Christian Lawyers Union ever since that ridiculous case in Florida where the ACLU got two school administrators charged with a criminal offense for the heinous act of saying grace over a meal at a school boosters club meeting.

The administrators had those charges dismissed when the case got to court, but that really ticked me off and I've been praying for the Lord to take action against the ACLU since. Now it seems that another ridiculous ACLU fracas might just be their comeuppance, a solitary cross on top of a hill in the middle of the Mojave Desert. The ACLU sued, forcing veterans to cover the cross with a plywood box while the case drags on in the courts. And now the Supreme Court has agreed to consider the case. Townhall columnists Joseph Infranco and Rees Lloyd explain the significance of the case.

The object at the center of the case is a small, unadorned cross sitting in a remote part of the Mojave Desert Preserve in Southeast California. A veterans' group erected this memorial cross on private land in 1934 to honor the dead of all wars.

Driving by this secluded location today, however, you'll see a curious-looking plywood box hiding the memorial, the way someone might cover a condemned building. That box is there because one person filed suit, with the help of ACLU attorneys, claiming he was "offended" by the memorial cross. One offended man has somehow trumped the wishes of millions of veterans.

If a federal appeals court has its way, the box and the memorial soon will be gone forever. Fortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court will review the ruling at the request of the Department of Justice, and in this case, millions of veterans, speaking through The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, have added their voices in support. In fact, the American Legion Department of California and the Alliance Defense Fund have joined forces and filed a brief in support of the Department of Justice, asking the Supreme Court to dismiss the lawsuit.

So why such a fuss over a cross in the middle of the desert?

However, as bad as this case is, veterans know much more is at stake in this case than one memorial in the California desert.

Military memorials commonly use the cross as part of a display to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend our nation. While the cross is a religious symbol, the military has also used it as a symbol of courage, sacrifice, and honor. For example, the nation's second highest military award is the Distinguished Service Cross. Visitors to the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery can see several commemorative crosses, like the Canadian Cross of Sacrifice, a gift from former Canadian Prime Minister MacKenzie King that was dedicated at Arlington in 1927.

If the Supreme Court does not overturn the appeals court, religious symbols that have graced monuments for many decades may become a thing of the past. Memorials to military veterans, police officers, firefighters, and other heroes will be whitewashed, covered up, or torn out to appease the politically correct agenda of intolerant extremists.

Veterans are being asked to surrender to the thin-skinned sensitivity of an individual who has managed to be offended by a small memorial, literally in the middle of a desert. Is this truly an offense worthy of a lawsuit? Apparently, the fanatical agenda of the ACLU to expunge religious symbols has really come this far, and now the Supreme Court has the opportunity to weigh in.

One person's offense should not diminish the sacrifice made by America's heroes and their families. Why would we not wish to allow the men and women who have served and defended this nation to choose how they wish to honor their dead?
Why indeed. The heart of the matter is the ACLU wants to outlaw all forms of Christianity, even a simple cross to honor our war dead. Of course, their pious response is they support our troops they just don't support the wars they are fighting. That's like saying you support the baker and enjoy eating his bread, but you don't support his "mission" because bread is really bad for you.

The ACLU would no doubt call themselves patriots, but I beg to differ. In other words, hogwash!

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