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U.S. Justice Department: Mt. Soledad Memorial Cross Should Stay

Above: Navy Veteran Jim Wall climbs the stairs at Mt. Soledad on February 15th, 2014.

The U.S. Justice Department says a war memorial cross should remain on federal property atop a San Diego mountain but disagrees with cross supporters that the appeal should go straight to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a briefing filed to the Supreme Court, the administration of President Barack Obama explains why the 43-foot monument on Mount Soledad shouldn't be removed. It rejects arguments that the 60-year-old cross represents a violation of the constitutional separation between church and state.

But the Justice Department says the appeal should be heard by the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals because there is no imminent risk of the cross being removed.

Last month, the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association asked to leapfrog the appeals court and go straight to nation's highest court.   

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philosopher3000 | April 11, 2014 at 9:53 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

The cross should be moved to church property. On state owned property it is clearly a flagrant representation of religion which is not allowed under the U.S. Constitution, and as such it offends all of us that have sworn to uphold that Constitution and the memory of those who sacrificed themselves to defend it. Take down the cross.

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apbrandon | April 11, 2014 at 4:37 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Anyone who is not a Veteran and comments about veterans and what we have fought for should first join the military and become one. The separation of church and state has been used and abused by those who don't get the real reason why it was put in the constitution is the first place. A government backed religion is why it was there, not to ignore religion in general. If that was the case then why are bibles used in swearing in ceremonies. The symbolism of the cross itself is for the Four who gave their lives for others. The were HOLY MEN in the military and thus it is VERY appropriate to have a cross at this Memorial. It has nothing to do with the Government. Thus the Church and the State is already separated.

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