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Controversial Cross Stolen

ADL opposes cross, but opposes theft, too

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Two weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided a case involving a cross at a veterans’ memorial on public land in a way that worried some—including the Anti-Defamation League—for its seemingly lax attitude toward the separation of church and state.

Well, damned if someone hasn’t stolen the cross.

Specifically, someone stole the cross’s covering on Saturday; when a National Park Service staff member went to replace the covering on Sunday, he found that the 8-foot-tall cross, which was made of 4-inch-thick cement-filled pipe and had been bolted into the ground, no longer sat atop its usual hill in southern California’s Mojave National Preserve. Removing it, the Los Angeles Times reports, “would have taken a major effort involving planning and probably more than one person.” Conspiracy! (If you want to turn in your partner[s] in, there’s a $25,000 reward.)

I asked the ADL—which opposed the ruling two weeks ago—for a comment. “The theft of this religious symbol is unacceptable and deeply troubling,” the organization said. “We may have disagreed about whether it was lawful to have a 7-foot cross on public property, but this dispute was appropriately being handled by our nation’s court system. This theft may be further evidence that civility in our public and political discourse has eroded.”

Pun—given that said theft was of a cross sitting in a mound of dirt—presumably unintended.

Mojave Desert Cross, Focus of Long Legal Battle, Is Stolen [LAT L.A. Now]
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Miriam Freund says:

Cant say I feel terrible about its removal, but I do hope the thieves were not Jewish.


Suzanne Utts says:

For the “NTH time”, There is NO clause in the Constitution about separation of church and state! There IS the First Amendment that guarantees the freedom to practice one’s religion, and the framers of the Constitution believed in G-d and for the most were Christians. Read their biographies! Just because non-Christian soldiers may be buried in a military cemetery that is no reason to take down the cross. So, put up Magen David symbols already. Just because tax monies are used to purchase and maintain a military cemetery is no reason to take down the cross. Christians pay taxes. So put up Magen David symbols already AND a Menorah!

If we sit still and permit removal of religious symbols from public lands, and the mention of G-d from the Pledge of Allegiance the way He was removed from the public schools when Bible reading and prayer were removed, don’t be surprised if antisemitism takes root. After all, the Bible is not being taught to kids from knee-high up because now we have generations of parents who are a-religious, so now we have a lawless (Torah-less) society. Thus, we have anarchy in the schools that has spilled over into the streets. Where we do not have the Bible, and religious symbols of all religions having equal protection, we cannot be surprised and we cannot blame anybody but ourselves when evil takes over.

Honest Broker says:

I bet like in mediaeval times people all over the use will claim to have a piece of it. Seriously one votes in elections (listen to that Jews against Obama) so that one can have non right wing SCOTUS.
He will need two terms and cooperation of melech hamvet to succeed (Don’t even think of assisting the melech hamvet.

Gena Shapiro says:

Suzanne – Please see both the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause in the First Amendment. You also may want to look at the case law regarding establishment of religion, specifically US Supreme Court rulings on the subject. That should clear up any doubt about whether or not there is a clause about the separation of church and state.

Dorothy Wachsstock says:

Whether you want to use this as separation of church and state or was for veterans of wars fought long ago and being never bothered me.

What bothers me more is the present Jews that vote for the socialist party, (used to be called the democrat party) and will again help Pres. Obama destroy this country and Israel.

Rob says:

I don’t understand why people would steal a symbol to honor the dead. All the veteran cemeteries I have been to have a white cross as a tombstone, including Arlington. That is federal ground. I know of nonchristians that are buried there. The people of this country have lost their moral and intelligence.

I am in favor of this decision and I think it is the best that we can have.


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Controversial Cross Stolen

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