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  • Iranian warships cross Suez, enter Mediterranean

    02/22/2011 11:53:04 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/22/11 | Yaakov Katz
    Israel was keeping an eye Tuesday on two Iranian Navy warships that crossed the Suez Canal for the first time in over 30 years in a belligerent move that Israel claims is an attempt by the Islamic Republic to project its power throughout the Middle East. The two ships - the Khark which has 250 crew members and can carry three helicopters and the Alvand which is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles – entered the Suez Canal early Tuesday morning and arrived in the Mediterranean Sea by the evening.Israeli defense officials said that the ships did not pose a
  • Baldwin Man Refuses To Take Down Crosses

    02/16/2011 12:35:47 PM PST · by NoGrayZone · 37 replies · 2+ views
    CBS Pittsburgh ^ | February 16, 2011 | no authors name
    “They’re not coming down,” he said. “Somebody’s gotta make a stand against these people and I’m here to make it.”
  • Pennsylvania Man Vows to Keep 24-Foot Cross Despite Ordinance Violation

    02/16/2011 10:53:50 AM PST · by metmom · 37 replies ^ | February 16, 2011 | By Joshua Rhett Miller
    BALDWIN, Pa. – A 24-foot illuminated cross on a western Pennsylvania man's front lawn is in violation of a local ordinance, but the structure isn't going anywhere, he told Carl Behr, 45, of Baldwin, Pa., said he was told during a borough council meeting late Tuesday that he needed a permit to build the structure. He plans to apply for such a permit Wednesday or Thursday, he said, but won't be disassembling his cross anytime soon.
  • Pennsylvania Man Ordered to Remove 24-Foot Cross From Lawn

    02/15/2011 12:59:17 PM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies ^ | February 15, 2011 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    BALDWIN, Pa. – A western Pennsylvania man has been ordered to remove a 24-foot illuminated cross from his front yard following complaints by his neighbor, who claims the act of faith is actually an act of revenge. Carl Behr, 24, of Baldwin, Pa., received a notice on Monday ordering him to remove the cross within five days or face a penalty. But Behr plans to fight the order at a Baldwin Borough meeting late Tuesday. "It's all about my faith, and some people are trying to turn this into a real circus," Behr told "They're going to get a...
  • Man Told To Remove Giant Illuminated Cross From Lawn

    02/15/2011 4:47:34 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 39 replies ^ | February 15, 2011
    BALDWIN BOROUGH, Pa. -- Baldwin borough is now telling a man who put a giant illuminated cross outside his home to take the structure down or face a penalty. Carl Behr built the 24-foot cross and two other crosses on his property along Robbins Street in Baldwin. "If you have a problem with that, I think you have a problem with the Lord," said Behr. Behr said it's an act of faith, but one neighbor claims it's an act of revenge. Next-door neighbor Lisa Fera said she contacted police and the borough because she felt Behr purposely built the large...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CRUCIFIXION, 02-10-11

    02/10/2011 9:43:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 02-10-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CRUCIFIXION Execution of a criminal by nailing or binding to a cross. Originally used in the East, it was adopted by the Romans and was commonly inflicted on any condemned person who could not prove Roman citizenship. Normally preceded by scourging, it was later (from A.D. 69) imposed on certain lower-class citizens. Emperor Constantine abolished this method of capital punishment. The crucifixion of Christ between two thieves is recorded by all four Evangelists. According to tradition, the cross of Christ was a crux immissa, with the upright extended above the transom. Also, most probably, Christ was...
  • Three Republicans introduce bill in Congress to save cross atop Mt. Soledad

    01/14/2011 10:10:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | 1/12/11
    Three Republicans introduce bill in Congress to save cross atop Mt. SoledadJanuary 12, 2011 | 5:35 pm Three Republican members of Congress from San Diego County have introduced a bill aimed at blocking the removal of the cross atop public land on Mt. Soledad in San Diego. The bill submitted by Reps. Duncan D. Hunter of Alpine, Darrell Issa of Vista and Brian Bilbray of Solana Beach comes in reaction to a decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last week that the 43-foot-tall cross violated the constitutional separation of church and state by seeming to endorse a particular...
  • Will the Ninth Circuit Demand San Diego Change Its Name Too?

    01/11/2011 6:23:23 PM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies
    The New American ^ | 1/11/11 | Bruce Walker
    The Mount Soledad Cross was dedicated at a San Diego park on Easter Sunday in 1954 to honor veterans of the Korean War. Atheist Phillip Paulson, along with a Jewish war veterans group, has been trying to have the cross removed since 1989. The people of San Diego strongly support keeping the cross where it is. In 2007, San Diegans voted overwhelmingly to donate the cross to the federal government as a way of keeping the cross in place. A federal court judged ruled that action unconstitutional. During the years of litigation, state and federal judges have ordered at different...
  • Leftist Judges Declare Soledad Cross “Unconstitutional”

    01/06/2011 4:41:19 AM PST · by scottfactor · 10 replies ^ | 01/06/2011 | Gina Miller
    The First Amendment to the United States Constitution declares, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”The first line of the amendment is referred to as the “establishment clause,” and it is one of the most abused and misapplied lines in the Constitution—right up there with the “general welfare” clause, the “commerce clause” and the Second Amendment. The establishment clause is simple. The...
  • Appeals Court Rules Calif. Public Park Cross Unconstitutional

    01/04/2011 2:12:01 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 4, 2011
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a San Diego war memorial cross in a public park is unconstitutional. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the 3-0 decision Tuesday in a two-decade dispute over the cross at Mount Soledad. In its decision, the court says the cross conveys a message of government endorsement of religion that violates the Constitution.
  • FReeper Help Needed: Cyrilic Translation

    01/03/2011 4:06:06 PM PST · by Joe 6-pack · 25 replies
    Self ^ | 1/3/2011 | Self
    While in Pennsylvania for the Holidays, I came into possession of what was described to me as a "Russian Soldier's Cross." It appears to be made of brass and has writing on it in Cyrillic, in either Russian or possibly Old Church Slavonic. While I can guess at some of the inscriptions on the front, I have no idea what the writing on the back is. I found a very similar object here, although it's apparent the inscription on the obverse is somewhat different. The cross is rather small, and the photos below were taken on 1/4" ruled graph paper...
  • Christmas in Bethlehem: the cross banished from souvenirs

    12/23/2010 11:05:46 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Asia News ^ | 12/22/2010 | Samir Qumsieh
    This Christmas in Bethlehem, the cross has been banned from souvenirs for tourists and pilgrims in the Holy Land... Samir Qumsieh, journalist and director of the Catholic television station Al-Mahed Nativity TV in Bethlehem, said: "I want to launch a campaign to urge people not to buy these products - he says - because the removal of the cross is an intimidation against Christians, it is like saying that Jesus was never crucified. " Qumsieh points out that from 2002 to 2010 the Christian population of Bethlehem has dropped from over 18 thousand to 11 thousand people... Only 15,400 Christians...
  • The Cross is Banned in Bethlehem, and Christians inthe Middle East are Under Seige

    12/24/2010 1:04:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 2+ views
    Big Peace ^ | 12/24/10 | Peter Schweizer
    We are far too accustomed to thinking that the Middle East is populated only by Muslims and a few Jews. There are Christians living there, too, often beleaguered and under attack. Here are three stories that remind us during this Christmas season that life for Christians in the Holy Land during this Holy Season can be particularly perilous. First, we learn that the cross, the very symbol of Christianity, has basically been abolished from Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. “This Christmas in Bethlehem, the cross has been banned from souvenirs for tourists and pilgrims in the Holy Land. Some textile...
  • NYC 'cross' walk

    12/20/2010 9:23:32 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies · 1+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 20, 2010 | AMBER SUTHERLAND
    More than 200 protesters hit Fifth Avenue yesterday with fire in their bellies over the Smithsonian's yanking of a controversial work by famed gay artist David Wojnarowicz. The chanting demonstrators clogged the avenue between 81st and 82nd streets to demand that the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, restore the Wojnarowicz piece, a video called "A Fire in My Belly," which showed ants crawling over a crucified Jesus, angering Christian groups.
  • Merry Christmas - Cross-shaped Icicle - (Cool Pix)

    12/14/2010 4:08:31 PM PST · by cakid1 · 8 replies
    cbs47 ^ | 12-14-10 | cakid1
    The picture is from Chicago. Need someone to posted it for me. (Sorry I don't know how - Many thanks.)
  • Regensburg Gymnasium Must Remove its Cross

    11/15/2010 9:20:49 PM PST · by 0beron · 6 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 11/15/2010 | Tancred
    The Cross in the classroom was removed in the Albert-Magnus Gymnasium after a protest from parents. Even the morning school prayer was reduced to a good morning meditation prayer circle. Regensburg [] As one father weighed in, the cross was removed from Albert-Magnus Gymnasium's classroom and the usual school prayer was mangled into a neutral good morning circle meditation. This was reported in the Mittelbayrische Zeitung. With this we see the effect Crucifix-ruling of the Federal Constitutional Court.
  • Meek: I Turned Down Crist Cross.

    Florida independent Senate candidate Charlie Crist personally lobbied Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek to exit the race this week, offering him a cross that had been a gift from his sister, Mr. Meek said Friday. The gesture occurred Monday as Mr. Crist and Mr. Meek were surrounded by local Jewish leaders at a Hollywood, Fla., meeting of the pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “I was shocked when he did it,” Mr. Meek said in an interview late Friday. “I told him to keep the cross and that I carry my Christianity in my heart.”
  • "Freethinkers" Want to Ban Summit Crosses in Switzerland

    10/26/2010 10:49:11 PM PDT · by 0beron · 13 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/23/2010 | Tancred
    The Free-Thinker Society of Swizterland wants to ban crosses. They see that the religious neutrality of Switzerland is damaged by crosses. Zurich/Luzern [] The Free-Thinker Society of Switzerland (FVS) wants to ban summit crosses. The weekly "Central Switzerland on Sunday" reported this. The mountain. Reta Caspar, business manager of the FVS said, the Society wants "no new summit crosses". Most have been standing for years, but today building permit. "And now we expect from the authorities that there will bee a moritorium," said Caspar to the Times. As far as building permits for new summit crosses the FVS will establish...
  • North Carolina Residents Defy Officials & Hold 24 Hour Vigil to Keep Christian Flag at Memorial

    09/25/2010 12:43:22 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 22 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 09/25/10 | Jim Hoft
    The people fight back… A group of residents in Stokes County North Carolina are fighting back against the authorities to keep a Christian flag at a war memorial. WXII reported: A group of Stokes County residents said Thursday they plan to stake out the Veterans Memorial every hour of every day for the next month, ensuring that a Christian flag is being displayed at the site. A group of about 15 people were displaying the flag at the site Thursday. King City Council members voted last week to remove the flag after determining that fighting a potential lawsuit wasn’t worth...
  • Anthem Blue Cross Individual Business to Suspend Child-Only Coverage Effective 9/23/10

    09/17/2010 9:19:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Anthem Blue Cross ^ | 9/17/10 | Anthem Blue Cross
    Anthem Blue Cross is committed to offering a broad range of products and services that meet customer needs in the changing health insurance market, and to implementing the new health care reform legislation in a way that benefits our customers and members. We have reviewed the rules regarding the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act (PPACA) limiting the application of pre-existing condition exclusions for children under 19. Unfortunately, there remains a great deal of uncertainty as to how the rules will be implemented and what the impacts might be on participating insurers. While some carriers may continue...
  • God's Holiness and Love...Romans 3

    08/26/2010 9:13:36 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 15 replies · 1+ views
    God’s Holiness and Love …Romans 3 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God . To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.(Romans 3:24-26) God is Holy. That means that He has an infinite aversion to sin, evil, sinners, and all that is false. He utterly hates rebellion, unbelief,...
  • Not one FREEPER search turned this up.

    08/18/2010 9:02:39 PM PDT · by pansgold · 9 replies
    Zac Rhyner gets the AIR FORCE CROSS ^ | VIII / XVIII / MMX | pansgold
    On March 10, 2009, SSgt. Zachary Rhyner, USAF, of Medford, Wisconsin, received the Air Force Cross from Michael B. Donley, Secretary of the Air Force (SecAF), in the presence of General Norton Schwarz, Chief of Staff, USAF (CSAF), at Pope AFB, North Carolina, adjacent to Ft. Bragg, for his role in employing air power to support the ODA 3336 special forces and their Afghan allies on April 6, 2008. The Air Force Cross is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Air Force. He is an air combat controller from...
  • Klan to Build KKK Shrine Near Site of 1963 Bombing

    08/18/2010 12:09:34 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 39 replies · 1+ views ^ | 18 August 2010
    A proposal to build a Ku Klux Klan monument steps from the 16th Street Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama received the support of a downtown committee despite some loved ones of 1963 bombing victims finding it offensive. The 13-story White People’s Cultural Center was unanimously endorsed by the 12-member Community Board financial district committee. The $100 million project, called Fiery Cross, is proposed for the old laundromat building at 606 16th Street N, just one block from the site of the September 15, 1963 bombing by members of the Ku Klux Klan that took the lives of four children. “I...
  • Propose Sermon Outlines From Three Photos? (Evangelical/Pentacostal/Baptist)

    08/14/2010 7:45:53 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 34 replies · 1+ views
    My Writings | August 14, 2010 | John Leland 1789
    I wonder sometimes just how many Bible preachers and teachers from among Evangelicals, Pentacostals, and Baptists are active on Free Republic. Would you like to post some serious preaching outlines with brief comments based on three interesting photos from China? I'd be very interested to see how quickly anyone could put the three photo illustrations together and produce an outline for one sermon. Please, let's witness with some serious work. Thoughtful and prayerful students of the Scriptures will quickly recognize Biblical themes that can be illustrated from these photos. The first one is a man actually carrying a coffin on...
  • Jesus as a Tourist Attraction

    08/13/2010 3:27:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 8/12/2010 | Matthew Archibold
    CNS reports:An atheist is suing to force the administrators of a towering cross in southern Illinois to return a $20,000 state grant toward its restoration, saying Thursday it was "blatantly unconstitutional" to spend taxpayer money on a Christian symbol. Caretakers of the 11-story Bald Knob Cross of Peace near Alto Pass, Ill., some 130 miles southeast of St. Louis, insist the grant was legally awarded to the 50-year-old landmark in mid-2008 by classifying it as a tourist attraction, not a religious symbol. Rob Sherman disagrees, pressing in his federal lawsuit in Springfield, Ill., that the grant violates the U.S. Constitution's...
  • The indictment...Romans 3

    08/09/2010 5:00:58 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles | 08-09-10 | Bill Randles
    The Indictment...Romans 3 | 08-08-10 | Bill Randles Posted on August 8, 2010 9:00:05 AM CDT by pastorbillrandles The Indictment…Romans 3 Posted on August 7, 2010 by billrandles As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:...
  • Face of Defense: World War II Vet Gets Distinguished Flying Cross

    07/22/2010 7:46:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Master Sgt. Russell P. Petcoff, USAF
    WASHINGTON, July 22, 2010 – A World War II veteran received long-delayed recognition for heroism he displayed 65 years ago in the skies above Nazi Germany during a July 19 award ceremony held in the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes. Retired Air Force Col. Claude M. Schonberger, who piloted B-24 Liberator bombers during World War II, poses with Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula in the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes after being presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross on July 19, 2010. Schonberger’s award was held up by wartime paperwork snafus. Deptula is the deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and...
  • What God requires...He alone provides

    07/18/2010 5:58:52 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 3 replies
    What God requires…He provides Posted on July 17, 2010 by billrandles For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for therein the righteousness of God is revealed…Romans 1:16 The book of Romans is unique among the epistles in that it isn’t polemic, that is it isn’t trying to refute any error. Romans is therefore a clear rendering of the Gospel of salvation . Paul calls it the “Gospel of God” , and takes us from the bankruptcy of Jew and Gentile to the glorification of man and creation, all realised by the gospel. Paul begins with the declaration...
  • Report: U.S., Israeli warships cross Suez Canal toward Red Sea

    06/19/2010 6:44:15 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 100 replies · 3,655+ views
    Egypt opposition angered at government for allowing the fleet of more than 12 ships to cross Egyptian manned waterway, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reports. By Jack Khoury More than twelve United States Naval warships and at least one Israeli ship crossed the Suez Canal towards the Red Sea on Friday, British Arabic Language newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Saturday. According to the report, thousands of Egyptian soldiers were deployed along the Suez Canal guarding the ships' passage, which included a U.S. aircraft carrier. The Suez Canal is a strategic Egyptian waterway which connects between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. According to...
  • Cross Used To Beat Elderly Woman To Death In Church

    The search for the people who killed an 80-year-old woman found beaten under a church pew has gone nationwide. Cross County Sheriff J.R. Smith said possibly two "people of interest" fled the area after the church pastor discovered Lillian Wilson's lifeless body Sunday. Sheriff Smith said investigators know who they're looking for and where they are from, but would not confirm details of the ongoing investigation. The Central United Methodist Church sits along Highway 64 in the small community of Hamlin, west of Wynne, Arkansas. It's where Wilson grew up and where she held her 50th wedding anniversary. The church...
  • MOJAVE CROSS Rally today

    05/31/2010 7:44:46 PM PDT · by fantail 1952 · 17 replies · 631+ views
    A small convoy of vehicles, in everything from old pick-up trucks to a stretch limo, with about thiry passengers total, left Victorville for the 130 mile trip to the site of the Mojave Cross, which vandals had torn down and stole a couple weeks ago, after the SCOTUS had ruled that it was not a religious symbol, but a war memorial, and that the box(!) civering it since the suit was filed several years ago. When a replacement was erected, it was immediately taken down by rangers of the Mojave Preserve, contending that since it was not the original cross,...
  • Feds Remove Second Mojave Cross on Sunrise Rock

    05/21/2010 1:59:38 PM PDT · by opentalk · 51 replies · 2,053+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 21, 2010 | Jim Hoft
    Last month the Supreme Court declared that the Mojave Cross on Sunrise Rock could stay where it was. It was put up 75 years ago to honor World War I troops.10 days later (leftist) vandals stole the 75 year-old cross from the rock. Yesterday federal authorities removed the second cross that was put up to replace the first one. The Press-Enterprise reported: The Mojave Cross saga took yet another unexpected turn Thursday, when the contested symbol that vanished last week reappeared briefly before being taken down by federal officials. National Park Service officials learned Thursday morning that a cross again...
  • Mojave Cross replica is removed after mysteriously appearing overnight

    05/21/2010 12:56:27 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 14 replies · 977+ views
    The Press-Enterprise ^ | Thursday, May 20, 2010 | BEN GOAD and DUG BEGLEY
    Mojave Cross replica is removed after mysteriously appearing overnight 11:18 PM PDT on Thursday, May 20, 2010 By BEN GOAD and DUG BEGLEY The Press-Enterprise The Mojave Cross saga took yet another unexpected turn Thursday, when the contested symbol that vanished last week reappeared briefly before being taken down by federal officials. National Park Service officials learned Thursday morning that a cross again was on top of Sunrise Rock, about 10 miles south of Interstate 15 near Cima Road, a sparsely traveled route into the Mojave National Preserve. It's about 30 miles east of Baker.
  • Why we can’t trust the media, AP: Mojave Memorial Cross was stolen for its value as scrap metal

    05/13/2010 5:34:56 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 12 replies · 867+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | May 13, 2010 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    How much stupid can you squeeze into one liberal’s head? Three weeks ago American veterans won their long hard court battle to save their memorial cross honoring American soldiers killed in World War I. The case went to the Supreme Court and was finally won by a slim 5 to 4 majority. Anthony Kennedy wrote: “Here one Latin cross in the desert evokes far more than religion. It evokes thousands of small crosses in foreign fields marking the graves of Americans who fell in battles, battles whose tragedies are compounded if the fallen are forgotten.” This week we heard the...
  • Thieves Take Controversial Mojave Desert Cross

    05/11/2010 3:48:31 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 18 replies · 600+ views ^ | 11 May 2010 | Newsmax
    Thieves have stolen a cross in the Mojave Desert that honored American war dead, less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the religious symbol to remain on federal land. The 7-foot-high cross was stolen late Sunday or early Monday by thieves who cut the metal bolts that attached the symbol to a rock in the sprawling desert preserve, National Park Service spokeswoman Linda Slater said. Authorities had no immediate motive for the theft but ideas range from scrap metal scavengers to people "with an interest in the case," Slater said. A $25,000 reward has been offered for...
  • Video Report on Mojave Cross Being Stolen Shows Empty Spot Where Memorial Stood for 75 Years

    05/11/2010 12:09:51 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 20 replies · 623+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | May 11, 2010 | Michael
    Here is a video report showing the empty spot left after vandals tore down and took away the Mojave War Memorial Cross in California . . . How sick can people be.
  • Thieves Steal Mojave Desert Memorial Cross in Nighttime Heist

    05/11/2010 12:04:08 PM PDT · by FTJM · 25 replies · 981+ views
    FOX News (AP contributed) ^ | May 11, 2010 | Staff
    The 7-foot-tall metal cross in a 75-year-old war memorial that withstood the heat of the Mojave Desert and a blazing battle in the Supreme Court over its legality was ripped down and stolen Sunday night, according to federal officials. The 7-foot-tall metal cross in a 75-year-old war memorial that withstood the heat of the Mojave Desert and a blazing battle in the Supreme Court over its legality was ripped down and stolen Sunday night, according to federal officials. "This is an outrage, akin to desecrating people's graves," said Kelly Shackelford, president of the Liberty Institute, which represents the caretakers of...
  • Mojave cross at center of court fight reported stolen

    05/11/2010 10:34:45 AM PDT · by tatsinfla · 25 replies · 950+ views
    Washington (CNN) -- A war memorial shaped like a cross that has been at the center of a Supreme Court fight has been torn down by vandals from its remote perch in a California desert.
  • Mojave Cross torn down by vandals

    05/11/2010 8:51:11 AM PDT · by GeronL · 180 replies · 6,693+ views
    The 76-year-old Mojave Cross war memorial in San Bernardino County's High Desert has been torn down by vandals, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the religious symbol could remain -- at least temporarily -- on public land. Sometime Sunday night, the cross was taken down from its perch atop Sunrise Rock in the Mojave National Preserve, according to Liberty Institute, a group that represented veterans groups and caretakers of the cross in the recent Supreme Court Case. "This is an outrage, akin to desecrating people's graves," said institute president Kelly Shackelford. "It's a disgraceful attack on the...
  • Elena Kagan, Supreme Nominee, Tried To Take Down The Mojave Cross in Salazar v. Buono

    05/10/2010 4:08:08 PM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 2 replies · 549+ views
    Scotus Wiki ^ | 5-10-10 | joinedafterattack
    [half way down the page under, Oral Argument Recap] Despite strenuous efforts by Justice Antonin Scalia to keep alive the core question of whether the cross display was a violation of the Constitution’s Establishment Clause, the dominant sentiment on the bench seemed to be that that was no longer open to review. And despite efforts by U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to get the Court to focus on whether a former park service officer had any right to sue to test the display, that, too, seemed to be beyond the Court’s reach. Kagan, in fact, had to endure lectures by...
  • Supreme Court rules in favor of desert cross

    05/01/2010 12:19:25 PM PDT · by Christian Press · 3 replies · 397+ views ^ | April 30, 2010 | CP Staff Report
    In a 5 - 4 majority opinion filed today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the continued display of a lone cross in the Mojave Desert memorializing veterans of World War I. Read More Faith and Action, a Washington, DC-based Christian mission to government officials, had joined with other groups in support of the display located in a lonely stretch of desert near Barstow, California. In a legal brief filed with the Supreme Court, Faith and Action argued that the cross did not violate the First Amendment, as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had found. Rev....
  • Group: Army symbol is religious, should be changed

    04/29/2010 12:48:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 63 replies · 2,444+ views
    AP ^ | 4/29/2010 | Dan Elliott
    A religious watchdog group says a cross and motto on the emblem of an Army hospital in Colorado violate the constitutional requirement for separation of church and state and should be removed. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation asked the Army this week to change the emblem of Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson, outside Colorado Springs. The emblem says "Pro deo et humanitate" or "For God and humanity." Fort Carson commanders will review the complaint, Lt. Col. Steve Wollman said. He said the emblem had been approved by the Army Institute of Heraldry and has been in use since...
  • Supreme Court says Mojave cross can stand

    04/28/2010 9:39:48 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 20 replies · 1,129+ views
    LA Times ^ | April 28, 2010 | David G. Savage
    The Supreme Court gave its approval Wednesday to displaying a cross on public land to honor fallen soldiers, saying the Constitution "does not require the eradication of all religious symbols in the public realm." Speaking for a divided court, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said the 1st Amendment called for a middle-ground "policy of accommodation" toward religious displays on public land, not a strict separation of church and state. Kennedy disagreed with judges in California who said U.S. National Park Service officials must remove a small Latin cross from the Mojave National Preserve that had stood since 1934 to honor soldiers...
  • High court says Mojave cross in Calif. can remain

    04/28/2010 8:47:57 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 25 replies · 726+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 28, 2010, 9:54AM
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Wednesday that a federal court went too far in ordering the removal of a congressionally endorsed war memorial cross from its longtime home in California. In ruling that the cross could stay, the justices said federal judges in California did not take sufficient notice of the government’s decision to transfer the land in a remote area of California to private ownership. The move was designed to eliminate any constitutional concern about a religious symbol on public land. The ruling was 5-4, with the court’s conservatives in the majority. The Veterans of Foreign Wars erected...
  • Christianity's Continuance Commemorated by Cluttered Crosses

    04/26/2010 9:01:17 AM PDT · by alleyesonCHRIST · 5 replies · 302+ views
    alleyesonCHRIST ^ | 4/26/2010 | Charles C. Matthews
    If a picture is worth a thousand words then what are a thousand crosses worth? How bout 100,000 crosses? The Hill of Crosses boasts in excess of 100,000 crosses to remind on-lookers of the sacrifice that Jesus Christ paid for the sins of mankind.
  • Were 3rd-grade boys asked to dress as girls? The fashion show is off

    04/14/2010 7:36:42 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 7 replies · 1,011+ views ^ | Apr. 14, 2010 | By JASON NARK
    WHEN JANINE Giandomenico's son explained his school project to her, she dismissed his worries and figured she'd have to fork out a few bucks for poster board, magazines and a glue stick or two. Then she read the letter that accompanied the project, over and over again, and believes that her son's third-grade teacher at the Maude Wilkins Elementary School in Maple Shade, Burlington County, was asking the class, including the boys, to dress as women during a fashion show for a Women's History Month pro-ject.
  • Were 3rd-grade boys asked to dress as girls? The fashion show is off

    04/14/2010 7:36:42 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 30 replies · 920+ views ^ | Apr. 14, 2010 | By JASON NARK
    WHEN JANINE Giandomenico's son explained his school project to her, she dismissed his worries and figured she'd have to fork out a few bucks for poster board, magazines and a glue stick or two. Then she read the letter that accompanied the project, over and over again, and believes that her son's third-grade teacher at the Maude Wilkins Elementary School in Maple Shade, Burlington County, was asking the class, including the boys, to dress as women during a fashion show for a Women's History Month pro-ject.
  • Ruling: Nurse can't wear Christian cross; Muslim nurses can wear hijab

    04/06/2010 3:55:10 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 31 replies · 834+ views ^ | 04/06/2010 | Michael Ireland
    British healtcare system bans cross - tribunal upholds decision: According to the Christian Legal Center (CLC), which represented Mrs. Chaplin, the Tribunal found that there was no discrimination because all staff were treated equally. No one was permitted to wear a cross around their neck for religious reasons but if someone wanted to wear a hijab for religious reasons they could. The CLC says the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust indicated that they would permit exemptions in their uniform policy for religious and cultural symbols that were 'mandatory' within the religion. CLC stated: "It would seem that, without evidence,...
  • A Crossless Christianity

    04/03/2010 10:55:16 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 35 replies · 488+ views
    The Empty Pulpit ^ | Mike Oppenheimer
    The cross is mounted on church steeples. We have overlaid it with gold to wear around our neck or on our lapel. In doing so, have we forgotten that the cross is an instrument of death! It was for Christ and it is for us - death to self. Are we bearing our cross daily?" ~ A.W. Tozer 'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.' (Luke 9:23) All of Christianity begins and centers upon the person of Jesus and his work on the cross. It was Paul who...
  • The Soiled Landscape of Redemption

    04/02/2010 10:49:57 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 156+ views
    The process of redemption has always been messy. Think on the cross and see the gruesome visage and scarlet body, hanging and writhing in agony over the soiled landscape beneath this figure draped in horror. There is nothing antiseptic here, nothing that presents a neat, little package waiting to be opened beneath Rockwell’s Christmas tree. This is the soiled landscape of redemption, arrayed in all its gory glory, and lifted up for all to breathe in the smell of sweat and to behold the ghastly vision of a tortured God. This is the crimson mirror in which we see both...