The enormous crucifix on government owned land that has been touted as a symbol of support for U.S. veterans has been deemed unconstitutional. Government resources cannot legally be used to exclusively promote any specific religion, and the Mount Soledad cross is no exception. However, Republicans are determined to keep the cross and are trying to bypass the decision of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals by taking to Congress their request to keep the Christian symbol standing.
- Federal Court Rules Mountaintop Cross Violates Constitution – 43-Foot-Tall Cross ‘Conveys a Message of Government Endorsement of Religion’ By Ariane de Vogue, Jan. 4, 2011
- Ninth Circuit Overturns Finding The Mount Soledad Cross, a Prominent La Jolla Landmark, Violates the Establishment Clause By Christopher S. Jones, January 11, 2011
- Three Republicans introduce bill in Congress to save cross atop Mt. Soledad January 12, 2011
- Mount Soledad Cross Still Standing – Religous symbol or not, cross not going away By Arthur Salm, Wed, Jan 12th, 2011
- Unreasonable minds – There’s just no arguing about the Mt. Soledad cross with a true believer By Edwin Decker
- Appeals court rules Soledad cross unconstitutional By Greg Moran, January 4, 2011
- Includes legal arguments and a timeline
- Legal Update: Mount Soledad And New Laws By Maureen Cavanaugh, January 11, 2011
- Available as an audio file or transcript, this interview explores the legal arguments behind the Soledad Cross decision, and discusses other new laws, including sex offender laws, laws about employees taking leave to donate organs for transplant, and pedicab laws requiring operators to have a driver’s license.
Legal scholars weigh in on future of Soledad cross By Dave Schwab Our own Professor Dave Steinberg is interviewed.