ADF: U.S. Supreme Court says Mojave Cross veterans’ memorial can stay
ALLIANCE DEFENSE FUND NEWS RELEASE
U.S. Supreme Court says Mojave Cross veterans’ memorial can stay
ADF, American Legion Dept. of Calif. argued for constitutionality of memorial, land transfer
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a cross-shaped veterans’ memorial currently covered up by a box in California’s Mojave Desert can stay right where it is. In a 5–4 decision, the court determined that an act of Congress transferring the land under the memorial to a veterans’ group was constitutional and additionally noted that “the Constitution does not oblige government to avoid any public acknowledgment of religion’s role in society.”
Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund, Advocates for Faith and Freedom, and the American Legion Department of California filed a friend-of-the-court brief in June 2009 that argued for the lifting of a court order which required the memorial to be covered up. The order was the result of a suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a former Mojave Preserve employee who claims he was “offended” by the cross.
Case Name: Salazar v. Buono
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