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ACLU Puts Veterans’ Memorials in the Crosshairs

Posted by faithandthelaw on May 5, 2010

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California /Christian News/ — Veterans’ memorials represent a critical frontline in the battle over the future of Our First Liberty – religious freedom. For several years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and its allies have paraded into courts and demanded the removal of crosses and religious symbols from memorials erected in honor of America’s heroic veterans. These are attacks on the history and heritage of the religious freedoms for which these veterans so valiantly fought.

The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) is partnering with The American Legion and other allies to lead a national campaign in defense of veterans’ memorials. Many of the courageous men and women who risked their lives in defense of liberty are no longer here to defend themselves from domestic adversaries. So ADF and our allies are determined to victoriously carry this fight for them.

All eyes have been focused on two marquee legal cases in California:

Just a few days ago, the United States Supreme Court delivered a gigantic victory for religious freedom when it said the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit must reconsider its decision on the Mojave Desert memorial cross, erected in 1934 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars in honor of the 4.7 million Americans who served – including 116,000 who died – in World War I. The majority decision included strong language that directly rebuked the ACLU’s claims in the case. In the majority decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, “The goal of avoiding governmental endorsement does not require eradication of all religious symbols in the public realm.” This decision makes it clear that honoring veterans with religious symbols is a well-established part of our national tradition.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is also considering an appeal over the future of the 29-foot memorial cross atop Mount Soledad. This cross in San Diego honors the veterans who have served our country and sacrificed their lives to protect freedom.

These and other legal battles are about much more than whether or not veterans’ memorial crosses can stand on public ground. The legal attacks on veterans’ memorials, Ten Commandments, and other historic monuments represent a serious, long-term assault on America’s religious history and heritage. No matter the outcome of the California cases, the ACLU and its allies will churn out lawsuit after lawsuit in their attempt to douse the flames of religious liberty.

Along with our allies, the Alliance Defense Fund is totally committed to victory. If we don’t stand and fight, these radical anti-Christian groups will shape America in the form of a completely secularized nation that refuses to honor veterans in the ways they want to be remembered.

With the annual Memorial Day observance approaching, please stand with us in defense of our beloved veterans who sacrificed so that we can live in liberty.

ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.

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