Memorial Crosses: To Be or Not to Be
This opinion column originally appeared on nationalreview.com on 6/27/2012.
Author: ADF Senior Legal Counsel Joseph Infranco & Hugh Hewitt
Hamlet, Shakespeare’s melancholy Dane, epitomized the man paralyzed by indecision, never sure how he should feel or act. With the decision to deny review in the case of California’s Mount Soledad Veterans’ Memorial, the U.S. Supreme Court’s long-awaited guidance on religious traditions feels like an extended version of that play.
The latest decision — or lack thereof — comes because the Department of Justice and veterans organizations asked the Court to review a decision from the Ninth Circuit, the most overturned federal circuit in the nation, which found that a cross in the veterans’ memorial violates the U.S. Constitution.
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