STAFF EDITORIAL: Separation of church and state should be upheld

Do the cross and the Constitution conflict? Our nation’s highest court will answer that question soon.

The Supreme Court will hear another case concerning the ever-waging war on Christianity. This time, a cross’ presence on federal property is at the center of the dispute. Will secularists never stop trying to rid our country of Jesus? Or does this case hold water?

A large cross has been placed on federal land and the Supreme Court will decide if it violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment, in which church and state are separated. We have always had Christian symbols in our courtrooms and in our schools. It seems that it has only become an issue in the past two decades.’

‘The Veterans of Foreign Wars erected a cross in 1934 in San Bernardino County, Calif. – in what is now the Mojave National Preserve – to honor America’s war dead. Since then, the cross has been replaced several times, most recently around 1998. Its religious significance is clear, but the National Park Service has not allowed other religions to add symbols. In 1999, the park service denied a request by an individual to place a Buddhist memorial in the area. The cross has also been the site of Easter sunrise services for more than 70 years,’ the editorial board of the New York Times said in an Oct. 7 article.

The Supreme Court needs to make a decision; either this land can be used for all religions or none. Completely separate the church and the state or give all religions equal ground. Allowing a Christian symbol ‘- the cross ‘- but obstructing symbols of other faiths on federal land means the government favors one religion over others. This is America, where freedom of religion is permitted.

Church and state are not intertwined and the Supreme Court needs to make that clear today.

It’s the American thing to do.

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