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  • US Supreme Court Declines Review of Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross Case

    06/26/2012 11:44:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/26/2012 | By Alex Murashko
    The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross case Monday, paving the way for California's lower courts to make a decision before any other legal action is taken in the dispute over religious symbolism on government land in San Diego County. "While we are disappointed the Court did not accept this case for review at this time, we are hopeful we can find a solution that will allow this veterans memorial to remain where it has stood for over half a century," said Allyson Ho, lead counsel for the co-defendant, the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association....
  • Clarence Thomas says religious display rulings are in 'shambles'

    11/08/2011 1:56:51 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    CNA ^ | Nov 8, 2011 | Michelle Bauman
    Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas denounced his colleagues’ decision not to hear a case that would have allowed them to establish a clear standard for judging religious displays on government property. “Today the Court rejects an opportunity to provide clarity to an Establishment Clause jurisprudence in shambles,” Thomas said in an Oct. 31 dissent. He explained that the Supreme Court’s disjointed “jurisprudence has confounded the lower courts and rendered the constitutionality of displays of religious imagery on government property anyone’s guess.” Thomas’ dissenting opinion responded to the court’s decision to reject consideration of a prohibition on crosses placed along the...
  • Hunter bill would OK religious symbols on military monuments

    01/13/2011 4:57:58 PM PST · by pissant · 5 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 1/12/11 | Bob Hawkins
    Three San Diego-area U.S. congressmen have re-entered the Mount Soledad cross fray with a bill that would allow religious symbols to be a part of military monuments. On Wednesday Rep. Duncan Hunter of Alpine introduced the War Memorial Protection Act in response to the federal Ninth Circuit Court’s Jan. 4 ruling, declaring the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial unconstitutional. Joining Hunter as co-sponsors are Congressmen Brian Bilbray of Solana Beach and Darrell Issa of Vista. A cross was first erected atop Mt. Soledad in 1913. It wasn’t until the cross was rebuilt after a 1952 storm that it became a war...
  • 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.
  • Yelling Stop!

    08/09/2008 11:43:39 AM PDT · by David Bueche · 5 replies · 159+ views
    "Compassionate Warmonger" - Blog ^ | 8/9/08 | David Bueche
    This past week the Thomas More Law Center won the latest round against the ACLU in a twenty year legal battle to remove a large cross which stands atop a National memorial cemetery in San Diego. The ruling judge - Larry Alan Burns - wrote: “The Court finds the memorial at Mt. Soledad, including its Latin cross, communicates the primarily non-religious messages of military service, death and sacrifice. As such, despite its location on public land, the memorial is Constitutional.” Assessing the temporal nature of the victory, Richard Thompson from Thomas More said: Sadly, I fully expect the ACLU attorneys...
  • Landmark more memorial than religious symbol

    07/30/2008 12:23:54 PM PDT · by Raineygoodyear · 8 replies · 136+ views
    San Diego Tribune ^ | July 30th, 2008 | Matthew Hall
    The giant cross atop Mount Soledad can stay, a federal judge ruled yesterday. The La Jolla landmark has been the subject of nearly 20 years of litigation, public votes and legislative maneuvers as critics complain it's unconstitutional to have a religious symbol on public land. But yesterday, U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said the cross – visible for miles – has become a memorial to veterans, and its secular message outweighs any religious meaning. “The Court finds the memorial at Mt. Soledad, including its Latin cross, communicates the primarily non-religious messages of military service, death, and sacrifice,” Burns wrote. As...
  • Latest decision: Cross can stay (Mount Soledad)

    07/30/2008 11:56:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 152+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 7/30/08 | Onell R. Soto and Matthew T. Hall
    The giant cross atop Mount Soledad can stay, a federal judge ruled yesterday. The La Jolla landmark has been the subject of nearly 20 years of litigation, public votes and legislative maneuvers as critics complain it's unconstitutional to have a religious symbol on public land. But yesterday, U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said the cross – visible for miles – has become a memorial to veterans, and its secular message outweighs any religious meaning. “The Court finds the memorial at Mt. Soledad, including its Latin cross, communicates the primarily non-religious messages of military service, death, and sacrifice,” Burns wrote. As...
  • Another Victory in the Mt. Soledad War Memorial Case

    11/13/2007 6:35:36 PM PST · by pissant · 18 replies · 107+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 11/13/07 | Staff
    A California man who sued in federal court seeking to have a congressional decision nullified and a veterans’ memorial cross on Mt. Soledad removed has lost on both counts, giving hope to memorial defenders the 18-year legal odyssey for the site soon will be over. “We are very pleased with the court’s decision and are hopeful that this epic legal battle will soon be resolved,” said Pete Lepiscopo, of San Diego, an affiliate attorney for The Pacific Justice Institute, which has worked on amicus briefs in the case. “There is a reason the U.S. Supreme Court, Congress, and the president...
  • A constitutional offense Court orders removal of veterans’ memorial cross

    09/12/2007 3:36:39 AM PDT · by don-o · 22 replies · 675+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | September 12, 2007
    Last week's decision by the 9th Circuit Court to remove a solitary Roman cross from a World War I veterans memorial in California's Mojave Desert has drawn an angry response from the American Legion, a major association of U.S. veterans. "Today's lawyers and judges are outlawing the values and religious symbols that the Founding Fathers revered and proclaimed as the very foundation of the American republic," Conatser, head of the 2.7 million-member American Legion, said in a recent press release. "Today it's a memorial. Tomorrow, these same judges can order the removal of crosses on veterans gravestones, the dismissal of...
  • City told to pay lawyer $962,673 in cross case (San Diego)

    05/22/2007 5:44:40 AM PDT · by Baladas · 26 replies · 1,183+ views
    San Diego UNION-TRIBUNE ^ | May 22, 2007 | Greg Moran
    A federal judge said yesterday that the city of San Diego must pay more than $900,000 in legal fees to the attorney for Philip Paulson, the atheist who sued over the presence of the Mount Soledad cross on city land. U.S. District Judge Gordon Thompson Jr. ordered that the city pay lawyer James McElroy $962,673.28 for his work on the case over the past four years. Thompson is the same judge who ruled in 1991 that the cross on city land violated the state constitution's ban on government preference for religions – a ruling that touched off an epic legal...
  • TMLC: Mt. Soledad Cross Victory: ACLU Loss

    02/22/2007 1:17:15 PM PST · by Gene Eric · 12 replies · 445+ views
    Thomas More Law Center ^ | Thu, Feb 22, 2007 | (no annotation)
    ANN ARBOR, MI – The California Supreme Court, yesterday, affirmed the precedent-setting decision of a California appellate court, which upheld the right of the people of San Diego to transfer the Mt. Soledad veterans memorial and cross to the federal government. At the same time, the Court denied the ACLU’s attempt to prevent the publication of the lower court decision favorable to the cross and veterans memorial. The ACLU was seeking to have the decision suppressed so that it would not be used against them in future lawsuits.
  • Feds now control Mount Soledad cross site (Thanks to GWB and Duncan Hunter)

    02/01/2007 6:51:17 AM PST · by pissant · 48 replies · 1,137+ views
    SignonSandiego ^ | 2/1/07 | Dana Wilkie
    WASHINGTON – With President Bush's signature on a bill that transfers the Mount Soledad cross to federal control, the 17-year parochial battle over the memorial could become a national cause for supporters and foes of religious symbols on public property. In an Oval Office ceremony yesterday, the president signed a bill by three San Diego-area congressmen that immediately transfers the war memorial to the U.S. Defense Department in an effort to avoid a court-ordered removal of the cross, versions of which have towered over La Jolla on and off for nearly a century. Bush was joined by supporters of the...
  • Mt. Soledad breaking news…great news

    01/12/2007 6:28:14 PM PST · by Jay777 · 42 replies · 1,868+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | 12-Jan-07 | Glib Fortuna
    From the 9th Circuit: Opinion1. The appeal by the City of the district court's May 3, 2006 order (the one that said the city must rip down the cross by Aug. 1, 2006 or face a $5,000/day fine) to enforce a December 3, 1991 injunction under California constitutional authority is dismissed as moot. 2. The appeal of the district court's denial of intervention, filed by the San Diegans for the Mt. Soledad National War Memorial, is also dismissed as moot. 3....
  • Newdow Dead?

    10/29/2006 10:29:45 AM PST · by Shion · 27 replies · 3,005+ views
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    I need some help from those of you in pajamas. My husband and I heard on the Roger Hedgecock show the other day that the well-known litigious atheist Michael Newdow has died. Neither of us can find anything on this in any main-stream media outlet and are starting to suspect either another suspicious lack of reporting, or that both of us suffered simultaneous auditory hallucinations. Has anyone encountered any information on this? We are also contacting the show to follow up, but have not yet received a response. This may not be big news, but down here in San Diego...
  • Philip Paulson, who filed suit to remove Mount Soledad cross, dies at 59

    10/25/2006 6:15:14 PM PDT · by radar101 · 119 replies · 2,577+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | 24 OCT 2006 | Kelly Thornton
    Philip Kevin Paulson, who fought a 17-year legal battle to remove the Mount Soledad cross from public property, died Wednesday of liver cancer. He was 59. Paulson, a 6-foot-5 Vietnam veteran who lived in City Heights, became so passionate about the separation of church and state that he filed a civil lawsuit against the city of San Diego in 1989 without an attorney. He won the case, and as the appeals dragged on he became one of the county's most reviled and respected characters. The CrossTypical Memorial Plaque around base During interviews with The San Diego Union-Tribune in September and...
  • 9/11 in Perspective: Thomas More — A Man for This Season [St. Thomas More]

    09/11/2006 5:22:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies · 551+ views
    Catholic Exchange.com ^ | 09-11-06 | Charles S. LiMandri
    by Charles S. LiMandri Other Articles by Charles S. LiMandri 9/11 in Perspective: Thomas More — A Man for This Season 09/11/06 In 1929, G.K. Chesterton said, “Blessed Thomas More is more important at this moment than at any moment since his death, even perhaps the great moment of his dying; but he is not quite so important as he will be in about 100 years’ time.” In This Article...Conflict of Interest?Threats Within and WithoutIn God’s Hands Conflict of Interest? The prophetic import of Chesterton’s words has become increasingly poignant in our own time. My introduction to Thomas More came, as...
  • Opponent of (Mt Soledad-San Diego) cross has terminal cancer

    09/01/2006 4:42:48 AM PDT · by radar101 · 33 replies · 799+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | 1 SEPT 2006 | Kelly Thornton
    Philip Paulson, who sued the city of San Diego 17 years ago to force the removal of the Mount Soledad cross from public property, has been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. Paulson, 59, and his lawyer, James McElroy, said yesterday they plan to add another plaintiff to the case so that it may continue. Like Paulson, the new plaintiff, Steve Trunk, is a Vietnam war veteran, an atheist and the product of a religious upbringing. “I'm deeply saddened to hear about Phil's health,” McElroy said. “He's been a very courageous man in my eyes to stand up against such difficult...
  • Lawyer: ACLU wants to destroy vets' memorial

    08/28/2006 10:59:24 PM PDT · by jdm · 24 replies · 803+ views
    WND ^ | August 29, 2006
    An individual from San Diego who is "discomfited" over a veterans' memorial has prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to renew its attack on the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial. The Thomas More Law Center said yesterday it is preparing to defend the cross memorial from a new attack by the ACLU, this time in U.S. District Court in California. A 17-year-long battle apparently reached a conclusion earlier this month when Congress approved and President Bush signed legislation giving ownership and control of the memorial to the federal government. That essentially should have ended a state case over the monument that...
  • Target: Mt. Soledad Memorial — ACLU keeps the wrecking ball on call

    08/25/2006 8:31:07 AM PDT · by Jay777 · 27 replies · 706+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | 24-Aug-06 | Glib Fortuna
    The ACLU today filed a federal lawsuit in its latest attempt to drive all reference to faith from the public square. In what is a smart PR move on the ACLU's part, they've brought a group called the Jewish War Veterans on as a plaintiff along with "local residents." So what was once a case that pitted a lone rabid atheist gadfly against an entire city and the largest veterans organization in the country...and oh, yeah the fallen heroes that the memorial was erected to honor...the ACLU has done what it does best and turned it into inter-faith strife, as...
  • Jewish veterans, local ACLU latest to sue over cross Barf alert

    08/25/2006 5:19:44 AM PDT · by radar101 · 12 replies · 491+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | 25 August 2006 | Greg Moran
    The local chapter of The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit yesterday to force the Mount Soledad cross to be moved in the latest challenge over the La Jolla landmark's constitutionality. The suit, filed in San Diego federal court on behalf of a national Jewish war veterans organization and three San Diego residents, is the newest development in an increasingly high-profile, 17-year legal battle over the cross. On Aug. 14, President Bush signed a bill that transferred the ownership of the cross and war memorial site to the federal government, specifically the Department of Defense. The bill halted a legal...
  • ACLU files suit to force relocation of Mount Soledad cross

    08/25/2006 2:01:35 AM PDT · by South40 · 12 replies · 577+ views
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | August 24, 2006 | Greg Moran
    The local chapter of The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Thursday to force the relocation of the Mount Soledad cross in the latest challenge over the constitutionality of the controversial La Jolla landmark. The suit, filed in federal court on behalf of a national Jewish war veterans organization and three other San Diego residents, is the latest step in an increasingly high-profile 17-year legal battle over the cross. On Aug. 14 President Bush signed a bill that transferred the ownership of the cross and war memorial site to the federal government, specifically the Department of Defense. The bill halted...
  • Schwarzenegger Issues Statement Celebrating Continued Preservation of Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial

    08/15/2006 9:09:47 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 18 replies · 490+ views
    BakersfieldOnline ^ | Aug. 15, 2006 | Bill Curtis
    Schwarzenegger Issues Statement Celebrating Continued Preservation of Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Gov. Schwarzenegger issued the following statement today following President Bush's signing of Representative Duncan Hunter's Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Protection Act (H.R. 5863), which transfers possession of the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial in La Jolla, to the federal government: "Today's action by the President preserving the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial is a great signal to our veterans that we will not forget the sacrifice that they made during times of conflict. The Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial is a historic landmark that has been an important part of the San...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush - (photos) - 08.14.06

    08/14/2006 5:07:24 PM PDT · by snugs · 139 replies · 8,069+ views
    The President returned to White House (along with the dogs) on Sunday after 10 days based in Crawford. Today he and the Vice President had meetings at the Department of Defense and the State Department. The First Lady attended a GOP Fund Raiser for Congressional candidate state Sen. Peter Roskam in in Addison, Ill The President also signed H.R. 5683, to preserve the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego, Calif Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island
  • U.S. govt gets giant cross in San Diego [with President Bush's signature...........]

    08/14/2006 4:45:21 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 45 replies · 1,368+ views
    U.S. govt gets giant cross in San Diego By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press Writer 7 minutes ago A giant cross in San Diego that's been contested for 17 years by an atheist became the property of the federal government Monday with President Bush's signature. Supporters hope the legislation transferring the 29-foot cross and war memorial it's a part of to the federal government will protect it for good. A series of court decisions have deemed the cross unconstitutional because it stands on public property. "Just because something may have a religious connotation doesn't mean you destroy it and tear it...
  • Bush signs Soledad cross-transfer bill (San Diego, CA)

    08/14/2006 2:02:57 PM PDT · by TheDon · 26 replies · 975+ views
    COPLEY NEWS SERVICE ^ | August 14, 2006 | Dana Wilkie
    WASHINGTON – President Bush on Monday approved a plan to transfer San Diego's Mount Soledad cross to federal control in an effort to avoid its court-ordered removal. In an Oval office ceremony, the Republican president signed a bill by three San Diego-area congressmen that immediately transfers the memorial land to the U.S. Defense Department in an effort to avoid a court-ordered removal of the cross that has towered over La Jolla on-and-off for nearly a century. ....
  • President Bush to Sign Mt Soledad Cross Bill Monday (San Diego, CA)

    08/14/2006 1:38:12 PM PDT · by TheDon · 23 replies · 832+ views
    KOGO ^ | August 14, 2006
    Congressman Duncan Hunter and other local officials will be on hand for the President's signing of the bill to transfer the cross to the federal government. President Bush is scheduled to sign the bill into law transferring the Mt. Soledad Cross and property on which is sets to the federal government. The U.S. Senate and House have voted to approve the bill sponsored by Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter, Brian Bilbray and Darrell Issa that was approved by the U.S. House earlier. On hand for Monday's signing ceremony will be Congressman Hunter, along with the attorney for the city who has...
  • Senate approves transfer of cross(Soledad War Memorial)

    08/02/2006 5:23:40 AM PDT · by radar101 · 13 replies · 503+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | 2 August 2006 | Dana Wilkie
    CRISSY PASCUAL / Union-Tribune Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Carlsbad, (left) and Mayor Jerry Sanders praised the Senate vote yesterday. WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate approved a plan yesterday to transfer land beneath the Mount Soledad cross to the federal government, bolstering supporters who have been fending off efforts to remove the monument for nearly two decades. The Senate's unanimous vote sent the cross-transfer plan to President Bush, which he is expected to sign. It creates what some consider an entirely new dynamic in the battle over the cross at the Mount Soledad war memorial, though others say the action is another...
  • Senate Votes To Acquire Soledad Cross [San Diego cross that had been ordered torn down]

    08/01/2006 5:55:42 PM PDT · by John Jorsett · 41 replies · 1,446+ views
    NBCSanDiego.com ^ | Aug 1, 2006
    SAN DIEGO -- The U.S. Senate voted by unanimous consent Tuesday to acquire a concrete cross in San Diego and the municipal park around it to protect the embattled monument from being taken down.
  • Senate Authorizes Ownership Of Solodad Memorial (San Diego)....

    08/01/2006 4:17:39 PM PDT · by prognostigaator · 36 replies · 1,150+ views
    cspan | 8/1/06 | Senate Majority Leader
    Following two rejections by the Ninth Circuit Court to permit a cross in the Veterans Memorial in San Diego, the Senate just passed conversion of the memorial to Federal government ownership, thus bypassing the objections of those who would deny acknowledgement of a religious symbol...
  • Hint to Mt. Soledad cross's fate lies in desert (Friends, foes await result of Mojave case)

    07/27/2006 9:44:47 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 2,959+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | July 27, 2006 | Dana Wilkie - CNS
    WASHINGTON – It's a war memorial. It includes a cross. It is on public land. And while politicians use congressional maneuvers to keep the cross there, others say it's unconstitutional and should be removed. This sounds a lot like the cross atop Mount Soledad in La Jolla, but it's not. About 275 miles away in the Mojave Desert stands a far less prominent but nonetheless controversial cross that, like the Mount Soledad cross, has been the subject of lawsuits and court-ordered removals. Unlike Mount Soledad, however, the battle surrounding the desert cross at a place called Sunrise Rock has focused...
  • ACLU v. the cross

    07/26/2006 2:04:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 26 replies · 833+ views
    renewamerica.us ^ | July 21, 2006 | Michael Gaynor
    The American Civil Liberties Union, that bastion of secular extremism, is fighting hard to bring down the Mt. Soledad Memorial Cross (part of the veterans memorial in San Diego, California built in 1954 as a memorial to veterans of the Korean War). As usual, the ACLU is not about to let the truth, America's religious history or constitutional intent get in its way as it backs atheist Philip Paulson, who brought a lawsuit in 1989 to force removal of an object that is anathema to Satan, Osama bin Laden and him (among others). On July 19, 2006, the House of...
  • San Diego cross may provide national legal test - Mt. Soledad

    07/22/2006 12:30:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 925+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/22/06 | Allison Hoffman - ap
    Six of the current Supreme Court justices had other jobs when an atheist sued this city for permitting a giant cross in a public park. Ronald Reagan was president, the Christian Coalition was new and "values" had yet to become a buzzword of American politics. Seventeen years of legal wrangling later, the 29-foot monument still crowns a hill over the Pacific - defended by city ballot measures, federal legislation and even one congressman's appeal for presidential intervention. Now the Supreme Court has weighed in, and the case of the Mount Soledad cross may set a precedent on whether the government...
  • One Step Closer To Victory For Mt. Soledad Cross

    07/20/2006 7:01:09 AM PDT · by Jay777 · 14 replies · 594+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | 20-July-06 | John Stephenson
    The House voted by an overwhelming majority for a bill that seeks to acquire the land where Mt. Soledad Cross stands and keep the war memorial in place. The final vote was 349 to 74. All 74 nay votes were from democrats. The bill will now go to the Senate and will be introduced by Rep. Jeff Sessions. While the current court cases trying to bring the cross down will continue, from my understanding this legislation could make them moot. The current cases are being argued on the state constitution and if the federal government steps in and acquires the...
  • House Passes Bill To Save Mt. Soledad Cross

    07/19/2006 8:26:52 PM PDT · by South40 · 34 replies · 847+ views
    WASHINGTON – The House on Wednesday passed a bill that would transfer the land beneath San Diego's Mount Soledad cross to the federal government. With a 349-74 vote, House members voted to seize the land and give it to the Defense Department in an effort to avoid a court-ordered removal of the 43-foot-tall cross that towers over La Jolla. “The memorial cross serves a legitimate secular purpose of commemorating our nation's war dead and veterans,” said El Cajon Republican Duncan Hunter, one of three San Diego-area congressmen who wrote the legislation to preserve the cross, which was dedicated in 1954...
  • House votes to acquire contested San Diego cross - Mt. Soledad vote 349-74

    07/19/2006 3:34:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 862+ views
    The House voted 349-74 Wednesday to acquire a monumental cross and the park around it from the city of San Diego. The 29-foot cross has been the target of a 17-year court battle between an atheist and the city, which owns the hilltop property where the monument stands. A federal judge ruled in May that the cross cannot stand in the municipal park because it violates a state constitutional prohibition on the governmental endorsement of any one religion. That ruling is being appealed by the city. San Diego-area congressman Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, said in floor debate that federal ownership would...
  • Stay of Soledad cross removal extended (to allow for potential review by SCOTUS as needed)

    07/07/2006 8:03:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,959+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 7/7/06 | Greg Moran
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy ordered Friday that his temporary stay protecting the Mount Soledad cross extend until state and federal courts can hear the city of San Diego's appeal this fall. In blocking a federal judge's order that the city remove the cross by Aug. 1 or face a daily fine of $5,000, Kennedy also indicated that the full court may want to review the controversial case. Kennedy said the court, which refused three years ago to get involved in the dispute, may consider it because of two new factors favorable to cross proponents. He cited legislation to...
  • CA: Padres broadcaster caught up in Soledad debate (Mt. Soledad cross)

    06/07/2005 9:43:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 555+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 6/7/05 | Matthew T. Hall
    A twist in the Mount Soledad cross saga pits the lawyer fighting to move the towering symbol against a fresh foe: Padres broadcaster Jerry Coleman. Coleman wants to sign the ballot argument in support of keeping the cross on its La Jolla hilltop. But attorney Jim McElroy has asked a Superior Court judge to rewrite the argument, which McElroy claims is misleading, and exclude Coleman's signature because he missed a filing deadline by one week. The argument is the latest in a 16-year court battle. On July 26, San Diegans will vote on a successor to Mayor Dick Murphy, who...
  • CA: Suit aims to void election on cross (Mt. Soledad)

    06/25/2005 9:26:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 481+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 6/25/05 | Matthew T. Hall
    A lawyer who wants the Mount Soledad cross off public land in La Jolla filed a lawsuit yesterday to try to invalidate the July 26 election in which San Diego voters will weigh in on the contentious issue. Attorney James McElroy wants a Superior Court judge to intervene as soon as possible. His lawsuit won't affect the mayoral election set for the same day. City Attorney Michael Aguirre said the election on Proposition A should proceed, and a lawyer working to keep the cross in place as a war memorial called McElroy's challenge "frivolous." Superior Court Judge Patricia Cowett, who...
  • Mt. Soledad War Memorial Cross - Federal Act - on Roger Hedgecock Show 4:05pm PST Monday

    07/17/2006 3:59:27 PM PDT · by The Spirit Of Allegiance · 9 replies · 813+ views
    Charles S. LiMandri, Regional Director of the Thomas More Law Center and the attorney who has led the litigation effort to save the Mt. Soledad National War Memorial, will be interviewed on the Roger Hedgecock Show in San Diego at 4:05 p.m., today, July 17. The broadcast can be heard online at rogerhedgecock.com. Click on Listen Live. Please call/e-mail Congressional Representatives to support Rep. Duncan Hunter's Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Protection Act, H.R. 5683, which is scheduled to be debated on the House floor on Wednesday, July 19, 2006. It is needed to save Mt. Soledad National War Memorial as...
  • SUPREME COURT ISSUES STAY IN SAN DIEGO CROSS CASE - High court intervenes in fight over cross

    07/03/2006 11:36:51 AM PDT · by Pukin Dog · 209 replies · 7,615+ views
    AP ^ | 7/3/06 | TONI LOCY
    <p>WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court intervened Monday to save a large cross on city property in southern California.</p> <p>A lower court judge had ordered the city of San Diego to remove the cross or be fined $5,000 a day.</p> <p>Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, acting for the high court, issued a stay while supporters of the cross continue their legal fight.</p>
  • Bilbray, Hunter, Issa enter bill to save Soledad cross

    06/27/2006 6:53:41 PM PDT · by radar101 · 12 replies · 536+ views
    San Diego UNION ^ | 27 JUNE 2006 | Karen Kucher,Craig Gustafson
    SAN DIEGO – Three local congressmen have introduced a bill that would transfer the Mount Soledad cross from city control to the federal government, a step they hope will preserve the La Jolla landmark. Reps. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, Brian Bilbray, R-Carlsbad and Darrell Issa, R-Vista, sponsored the bill, which Hunter introduced late Monday. The city has been ordered by the court to remove the 29-foot cross from city property by Aug. 1 or pay a fine of $5,000 a day. A judge has ruled it is an unconstitutional preference of religion for the cross to be displayed on public property....
  • War Hero Urges President Bush to Save the Mt. Soledad Cross and Veterans Memorial

    06/27/2006 12:02:05 PM PDT · by RDTF · 17 replies · 728+ views
    Thomas More.org ^ | June 27, 2006
    ANN ARBOR, MI – Retired Navy Rear Admiral Jeremiah Denton, highly decorated Vietnam War veteran, former POW and former U.S. Senator, in a personal letter sent on June 14th, asked President Bush to save the Mt. Soledad cross, which is the centerpiece of a national war memorial honoring our veterans. Rear Admiral Denton urged the President to consider saving the cross by means of the federal government exercising its power of eminent domain in order to maintain the land as a National monument. -snip- Rear Admiral Denton first came to the American public’s attention in 1966 as a POW during...
  • Mt. Soledad Case Goes To Supreme Court

    06/24/2006 8:26:15 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 22 replies · 1,012+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | 24-Jun-06 | John Stephenson
    Via ACLJ Yesterday evening the City Attorney in San Diego along with Mayor Jerry Sanders decided to take the Mt. Soledad case to the Supreme Court of the United States. I have already assembled one of our Supreme Court teams to file briefs on behalf of the Members of Congress that we represent, as well as ACLJ Members across the country in this important case. It appears at this time that the City will be asking for both a stay of the Ninth Circuit decision as well as a petition for writ of certiorari. The stay of the decision will...
  • San Diego will appeal cross ruling to Supreme Court

    06/22/2006 6:29:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 698+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/22/06 | Allison Hoffman - ap
    The city will petition the U.S. Supreme Court in a drive to exhaust every legal avenue before removing a giant concrete cross from public property on Aug. 1, the city attorney said Thursday. The city will ask the high court to review Wednesday's decision by a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel to turn down the city's request to stay a federal court decision against the cross. U.S. District Court Judge Gordon Thompson Jr. found in May that the city was demonstrating an unconstitutional endorsement of one religion over others by maintaining the 29-foot cross in a municipal hilltop...
  • Ninth Circuit Decides: The Mt. Soledad Cross Will Come Down, "Memorial Would Be Desecrated"

    06/22/2006 1:44:05 PM PDT · by RDTF · 128 replies · 3,101+ views
    Thomas Moore Law Center ^ | June 22, 2006 | TMLC
    ANN ARBOR, MI – A three–judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to stay Federal District Judge Gordon Thompson’s order to remove the Mt. Soledad Cross pending an appeal. Thus, the City of San Diego must remove the Cross by August 1, 2006, or face fines of $5,000 per day thereafter. In its decision, however, the Ninth Circuit scheduled oral arguments on the matter for the week of October 16, 2006, weeks after the Cross is to be removed. The 43- foot Cross was erected in 1954 and currently is the centerpiece of a national memorial...
  • 9th Circuit rejects San Diego's appeal to keep cross on city land

    06/21/2006 5:33:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 63 replies · 1,311+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 6/21/06 | Allison Hoffman - ap
    SAN DIEGO A three-judge federal panel on Wednesday rejected a last-ditch appeal by the city of San Diego to keep a giant cross standing on city property after a 17-year legal tussle. The city is under federal court order to move the 29-foot-tall cross from a La Jolla hilltop before Aug. 2 or face $5,000 daily fines. The failed appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was intended to stay that order and allow the cross to remain standing until appeals currently pending in state courts can be heard. City Attorney Michael Aguirre said that Wednesday's ruling, issued...
  • U.S. judge says no (Again)to group's bid to join Soledad cross case

    06/20/2006 9:25:38 AM PDT · by radar101 · 26 replies · 677+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | June 20, 2006 | Onell R. Soto
    The federal judge who ordered the removal of the Mount Soledad cross from city parkland yesterday rejected a bid by a private group to join the litigation, saying its efforts to save the cross come “much too late.” The decision means that San Diegans for the Mount Soledad National War Memorial cannot appeal the judge's decision ordering the city to remove the 29-foot concrete cross by Aug. 1 or pay $5,000 daily fines. The group was behind Proposition A, a public vote last summer to donate the cross to the federal government for a national park. It says it wants...
  • American Legion in CA says “Enough,” Brings ADF Aboard To Defend Mt.Soledad Cross Against ACLU

    05/25/2006 7:09:10 AM PDT · by Jay777 · 27 replies · 1,589+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | 25-May-06 | Glib Fortuna
    The decade-and-a-half assault by one, self-esteem challenged atheist with little more to do than spit on the memory of brave men who gave their lives to defend the freedom the ACLU regularly abuses has resulted in an unprecedented move by the California chapter of the American Legion. The largest veterans organization in the country will announce Thursday a line-in-the-sand campaign to protect veterans memorials from the shameful ACLU assault. Legal muscle is being provided by the Alliance Defense Fund. See the American Legion announcement: THE AMERICAN LEGION DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA TO LAUNCH STATEWIDE DEFENSE OF VETERANS MEMORIALS AT MT. SOLEDAD,...
  • Soledad cross (again) ordered removed

    05/03/2006 1:37:30 PM PDT · by radar101 · 57 replies · 1,259+ views
    San Diego UNION ^ | May 3, 2006 | Onell R. Soto
    federal judge on Wednesday ordered the removal of the Mount Soledad cross from property owned by the city of San Diego within 90 days or he will fine the city $5,000 a day. “It is now time, and perhaps long overdue, for this court to enforce its initial permanent injunction forbidding the presence of the Mount Soledad cross on city property,” said U.S. District Judge Gordon Thompson. Thompson first found the presence of the cross on city property unconstitutional in 1991 because it violated the separation of church and state. Since then, his order, and the issue of the cross,...
  • San Diego judge orders: Take down that cross! (American Communist-Liberal Union Strikes Again!!!)

    05/03/2006 4:09:29 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 53 replies · 1,014+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | May 3, 2006
    Mt. Soledad cross and veterans memorial above San Diego (soledadmemorial.com) Ruling on a 15-year-old ACLU case, a federal judge today ordered the city of San Diego to remove a mountain-top cross within 90 days or face a fine of $5,000 a day. U.S. District Judge Gordon Thompson said, "It is now time, and perhaps long overdue, for this court to enforce its initial permanent injunction forbidding the presence of the Mount Soledad cross on city property," the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Thompson ruled in 1991 the Mount Soledad cross violates the so-called "separation of church and state" but the...