Monday, July 13, 2009

Veterans Fight to Keep 75 Year Old War Memorial

A good friend and brother in Christ posted a video from YouTube earlier today with a story about yet another disturbing lawsuit brought forward by the ACLU. Unless the Supreme Court hears the case and overturns the lower court ruling, a 75 year old war memorial in the Mojave Desert is in danger of being taken down. Why? The reason is that the war memorial is a white cross and the memorial is on federal land. The ACLU argues that there should be no religious symbols anywhere on public land. As it currently stands at the time of this writing, the cross has been ordered to be covered up until the Supreme Court hears the case.

Now the fact that the ACLU has taken this case and is making this argument isn't shocking at all. We expect this from the organization that has defended NAMBLA (the North American Man-Boy Love Association), fought against free speech rights of pro-life groups, and defended mock child pornography as free speech (provided that real children aren't used in the filming, of course). What was shocking to me was WHO the originator of the lawsuit was. Not only was he not even from the same state (the memorial is in southern California and this man lives in Oregon), but he claims to be a Roman Catholic.

I say "claims to be a Roman Catholic" because a true Christian of any denomination cannot have the hardness of heart to bring such a lawsuit. When a man puts government first and the holy cross second, he is not a Catholic and not a Christian, he is a statist. This person worships at the altar of Government, and I as a Catholic, Christian American rebuke him in the strongest possible way. Apparently he has nothing better to do than to make sure that his revered "separation of church and state" ideal is enforced, even when he knows that it will deeply hurt our veterans who have bravely fought and died to defend our freedom, including his.

If it weren't enough to rebuke him as unappreciative of his freedom and who earned it for him, this fraud of a Roman Catholic (that's right I said it!) seems to have forgotten who died for something vastly more significant than our great nation. It was Jesus Christ. He spent three hours nailed to the cross depicted in this memorial; He died so that my sins and your sins and this man's sins would be forgiven. What does this man from Oregon do to show how thankful he is for the cross? He asks that it be taken down because he would be offended to see it on federal land!

Perhaps he would make the argument that he doesn't mind seeing crosses at church, just not in public places. My response would be "get your priorities right". If statism is #1 to you and Christianity is #2, then it is pretty clear that you are worshipping the false idol of government.

I am confident that the Supreme Court will overturn this ruling from the lower court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The U.S. Government is defending the memorial in the case. I pray that the heavily Catholic Supreme Court will defend the right of the veterans to memorialize the fallen in the same way that they have since 1934, by looking up at the gleaming white cross on the side of the road in the Mojave Desert. They have the opportunity to rebuke this man in a way that I cannot; by putting an end to this disgraceful lawsuit. A ruling in favor of the veterans won't change this man's heart, but it will restore a symbol of the sacrifices of so many veterans, and of the greatest sacrifice of all: that of Jesus Christ.

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