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Justice Anthony Kennedy has granted a temporary stay on the removal of a controversial war monument featuring a 29-foot cross atop Mount Soledad. This appears to indicate a renewed interest in the case on behalf of the Supreme Court, which refused to intervene three years ago:
The Supreme Court intervened Monday to stop, at least for now, the removal of a large cross from city property in southern California.
A lower court judge had ordered the city of San Diego to remove the cross or be fined $5,000 a day.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, acting for the high court, issued a stay while supporters of the cross continue their legal fight.
Lawyers for San Diegans for the Mount Soledad National War Memorial said in an appeal that they wanted to avoid the "destruction of this national treasure." And attorneys for the city said the cross was part of a broader memorial that was important to the community.
The 29-foot cross, on San Diego property, sits atop Mount Soledad. A judge declared the cross, a symbol of Christianity, was an unconstitutional endorsement of one religion over another.
The plaintiffs may have preferred that the Supreme Court of three years ago would review this case. This new panel seems less likely to associate a cross in a national cemetary as an endorsement of a particular religion, even a 29-foot cross. This monument has been on Mt. Soledad for over 50 years and is an obvious landmark to residents of Southern California. The new court, with the addition of John Roberts and Samuel Alito and the subtraction of Sandra Day O'Connor, will no doubt have more sympathy to reality and not to the hypersensitivity of one atheist in San Diego.Sphere It View blog reactions
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