High court to decide if war memorial violates Constitution. The memorial in question is a cross erected in the middle of the desert by a WWI vet in 1934. Currently the cross is boxed in plywood. By some insane logic, that prevents anyone from seeing it and being offended. Except that someone is still offended and wants it torn down.
Instead of doing the sensible thing and telling them to go pound sand, this is now on the docket at the U.S. Supreme Court. We are so far off track here that words fail me.
Let’s try pictures.
That’s the Canadian Cross of Sacrifice. It was dedicated on Armistice Day 1927, a gift from Canadian Prime Minister MacKenzie King honors U.S. citizens to honor the many Americans who served in the Canadian Forces in the First, Second and Korean Wars. It’s on federal land. It’s in Arlington National Cemetery.
These are everywhere in National Cemeteries. Millions of headstones. Almost all of them have a religious symbol, usually a cross, but a fair number of them have the Star of David.
At Point Du Hoc in France, the stones are cut in crosses and stars. That cemetery is on French soil, but it is maintained by the U.S. government.
Planning to replace them all? Dynamite them? Chisel the crosses off all the tablets? Because someone might see one of them and be offended.
I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing that the Good Book and the spirit of the Savior have from the beginning been our guiding geniuses … Whether we look to the first Charter of Virginia … or to the Charter of New England … or to the Charter of Massachusetts Bay … or to the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut … the same objective is present … a Christian land governed by Christian principles. I believe the entire Bill of Rights came into being because of the knowledge our forefathers had of the Bible and their belief in it: freedom of belief, of expression, of assembly, of petition, the dignity of the individual, the sanctity of the home, equal justice under law, and the reservation of powers to the people … I like to believe we are living today in the spirit of the Christian religion. I like also to believe that as long as we do so, no great harm can come to our country.
–Supreme Court chief justice Earl Warren