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Controversial Cross

Posted on: October 7, 2009

 

The Supreme Court will decide.

Contention sprung up recently around a cross located in the Mojave National Preserve.  It was erected 75 years ago as a small memorial to the soldiers that died in World War I, but the religious symbol appearing on federal land could be considered a violation of the first amendment.  The argument has gone so high up that it has now reached the Supreme Court.  The justices were split in today’s hearing, as each side made valid arguments.  The Obama administration insisted that the cross stands as a non denominational monument to honor all who had passed rather that just Christian soldiers.  In 1999, however, a Buddhist was declined the right to build a shrine near the hill that the cross occupies.  Whatever the meaning of the cross, the Supreme Court will soon decide its fate.

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