Disgruntledpatriot's Blog

September 17, 2009

ACLU Attacks WWI Memorial

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 10:29 am
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Ok, let me start by telling you all where I am coming from.  I served in the U.S. Army, though only for a short time.  Injuries and personal issues cut my time short, and I will always regret that I was unable to serve this country during it’s most trying times recently.  I have a very deep seated respect for our service men and women, and those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for people everywhere.  I believe that our military personnel do a great service to us and the world, and when we erect a memorial in honor of those lost to the cause we do the smallest thing in honoring them.  It is keeping, and maintaining those memorials that shows long lasting respect.  It is remember those memorials, from the smallest plaque in an abandoned battlefield to the huge edifices of granite and marble in the nation’s capitol.

In 1934, veterans of World War One raised a memorial in the Mojave desert in honor of their fallen friends and brothers in arms, and the fallen soldiers of all wars.  The has stood for 75 years, alone in the desert, sitting on a rock above a federal reserve.  Recently the ACLU brought suit, representing a retired Park Service employee, who said he was offended by the cross.  So far the lower courts have ruled in favor of the ACLU and at this point the cross is covered by a wooden box, until the Supreme Court hears the appeal in the coming weeks.  The ACLU argues that the cross being on federal land violates the separation of church and state, but when an offer was made to give the government several acres of private land, for one acre of land where the memorial stands.  Congress approved this, as a compromise that should make everyone happy, but the ACLU and the 9th circuit court said this was unacceptable because it may take up to two years for the transfer.  I argue that this is proof that the ACLU and the 9th circuit are not concerned with the separation of church and state, but just want to wipe all evidence of any religious imagery from our nation.

Now I say that, I defend this cross, but make no mistake.  I am not a Christian, and in many cases I think that separation is being violated.  But in this one, I have to disagree.  The court and the ACLU have proven that separation of church and state is of no concern to them.  The cross has been used for ages as a symbol of peace as well as war.  It was used for hundreds of years in the Celtic culture long before the birth of the Christian religion.  It is used as the universal symbol for medics and aid.  It was the symbol of the Templars as well as the Hospitlars during the middle ages.  The men that raised that cross did it for their brothers, their friends, the men that bled and died for another country.  Those men were not thinking about religion.  They didn’t do it because they wanted to promote Christianity.

Now, for the constitutionality of this…

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”

Correct me if I am wrong here, but this memorial in the desert is no law.  Congress didn’t erect it and didn’t pay for it.  This amendment says nothing about whether religious imagery can be on public or federal land.  Christianity, like or not, is part of this country’s history, and to deny it is to deny our history.  Also notice that congress cannot prohibit the free exercise of religion.  Again, it doesn’t say anything about federal land.

I am astounded that anyone can be offended by a religious symbol, especially in this context.  But, I am not surprised that the ACLU wants to get rid of this.  This is just one of the things that makes me sick and tired.


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