Mt. Soledad War Memorial Cross Saved, for the Moment
Yesterday voters of the City of San Diego voted overwhelmingly to save the Mt. Soledad War Memorial Cross by transferring it to the U.S. Interior Department as a national veterans memorial. Although the ballot measure to save the cross required a two-thirds majority to pass, the final vote count shows that the measure passed with a staggering 75.9%. Nevertheless, the 16 year battle over the cross is not over. In a San Diego Union-Tribune article:
Attorney James McElroy, whose client filed a lawsuit challenging the presence of the cross on city land in 1989, called the vote meaningless.
"It still doesn't mean a damn thing," he said. "Voters should have never voted on it. It's a waste of taxpayers' money."
"I think they've acknowledged this is the last chance to save the cross," McElroy said. "And when the court tells them this is not going to work, what else have they got?"
Charles LiMandri, an attorney for the Thomas More Law Center, which fights for Christian ideals in court, said a legal battle will last for years.
"This is going to be going on past our lifetimes," said LiMandri, 49. "This culture war isn't going to end. . . . We see this as a bigger battle. We're fighting for the minds, hearts and souls of America."
There are already two court dates scheduled for August. On August 12, a Superior Court hearing is set to examine the ballot measure's constitutionality. On August 15, a federal judge will hear other cross related arguments.
"And when the court tells them this is not going to work, what else have they got?" This is the mindset of the American Taliban - remember the ancient statues of Buddha blown up in Afghanistan. In their opinion, courts trump the will of the people. Their motto very well might be: There is no god but no-god, death to the infidels.