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ACLU Drapes Cross, Reagan Rolls Over In Casket

OK, I'll admit it. If the ACLU would have me, I'd probably be a card-carrying member. But with my views, I got kicked out. Go figure.

Frankly, I agree with some of the positions they take. Perhaps a significant number, I don't. I agree that the constitution bars the establishment of religion. After all, I'm a fallen Christian. My dad was a Congregational minister, but I had so much of it as a kid, I don't go to church much anymore.

Much to my 71-year old mother's disappointment. She won't even qualify me as a "two-fer" (Christmas and Easter) anymore. Maybe I'll become a Buddhist. I can really relate to the Zen aspect of meditation.

Ohhhhmmmmm. Can't you feel it?

OK, admittedly, I'm not happy with this most recent decision. And just to make sure there's full disclosure here, I am a veteran. I've gotten that email about when the ACLU is going to sue to remove the crosses from Arlington National Cemetery (be careful, there are not that many there - it's mostly plain headstones).

But, it appears that some WWI veterans planted a memorial (in 1934) at Sunrise Rock in Mojave. Now, some enterprising ACLU member sued, and won a victory in the 9th Circuit.

As a consequence of this silly decision, right now the cross is draped. It's a sad state of affairs. We're burying a President. Flags are at half staff.

Can't we just get over it? Religion is part of our country's values. Sure, there are lots of religions, and each has its own symbol. I don't want to take anything away from the star of David or any other religious symbol. As Judge Kozinski correctly points out, when the Park Service declines a request to erect a Buddhist Stupa but elects to leave up the cross, we've got an establishment problem. So, the real culprit here is the Park Service.

But, history has value, too. If someone has elected to create a memorial, we ought to be tolerant enough to allow each person to express his/her beliefs. If it takes 50, or even 100 ways of doing that to respect each religion, then fine.

If you want to put up prayer flags or a tonka, I've got no problem with that. But respect the cross, and all it stands for.

Otherwise, where do we draw the line? I think at "nothing" (the ACLU view) is just plain wrong.

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Thursday, June 10, 2004

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