Once again, the God-haters in Americans United for the Separation of Church and State are threatening a lawsuit because their collective feelings are hurt by a religious symbol.
As if America’s landscape should be completely devoid of any evidence its citizens believe in God, the group is now targeting a cross erected in one California city more than a century ago.
Contending the 35-foot cross atop Mount Rubidoux violates the Constitution, a spokesperson for the group said the mere presence of a cross “makes people who aren’t Christians feel like they are outsiders – like they are second-class citizens.”
Residents were apparently outraged at the idea of removing such an integral and historic landmark and hundreds of them reportedly attended a recent council meeting to voice their concerns.
One individual saw the controversy as yet another attack on his beliefs.
“Anything that has to do with Jesus Christ or our Christian faith,” he said, “people are always going to have a problem.”
City officials evidently took the public comments seriously and have postponed any action on the matter until next year.
The property on which the cross stands was donated to the city in 1955 by a private owner whose only condition was that the cross remain. That requirement has since expired, though, and reports indicate the city might look into once again returning the land to private hands.
The positions advanced by groups such as AUSCS are convoluted and represent a complete distortion of the First Amendment. The placement of a cross, even on city-owned property, does not endorse Christianity; it merely reflects a community’s desire to keep a piece of its history and heritage on display.
There is absolutely nothing unconstitutional about that.
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