Horrible. Vandals tore down the 76 year-old Mojave Cross just days after the Supreme Court ruled that the religious symbol could remain atop Sunrise Rock.
On April 28th the Supreme Court ruled against the anti-Christian ACLU when they decided that the Mojave Cross did not have to be taken down.
On Sunday thieves tore down the cross and stole it.
The Press-Enterprise reported:
The 76-year-old Mojave Cross war memorial in San Bernardino County’s High Desert has been torn down by vandals, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the religious symbol could remain — at least temporarily — on public land.
Sometime Sunday night, the cross was taken down from its perch atop Sunrise Rock in the Mojave National Preserve, according to Liberty Institute, a group that represented veterans groups and caretakers of the cross in the recent Supreme Court Case.
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“This is an outrage, akin to desecrating people’s graves,” said institute president Kelly Shackelford. “It’s a disgraceful attack on the selfless sacrifice of our veterans. We will not rest until this memorial is re-installed.”
The cross was erected in the 1934 by a veterans group as a tribute to their fallen brethren in World War I. It has been the subject of a decade long court battle between those who want it to remain and those who believe it violates the separation of church and state.
In a split decision late last month, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling that the cross must be removed. The High Court remanded the case back to federal district court in Southern California. The ruling was a major victory for proponents of the cross, but the American Civil Liberties Union vowed to renew its opposition to the cross.