Appeals Court Says Cross on Federal Land is Unconstitutional
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a cross displayed on public property for nearly a century is unconstitutional.
Three versions of the Christian symbol have been erected atop 822-foot Mount Soledad in the posh La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, California, since 1913.
The current 43-foot cross was erected in 1954 in honor of Korean War veterans and has been the subject of near constant judicial back and forth since 1989, when two Vietnam War veterans filed suit against the city, saying it violated the California Constitution’s “No Preference” clause.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the notion that the cross — since the late 1990s surrounded by plaques and paving stones honoring veterans and war dead — was solely a memorial.