I am tired of waking up in the morning to hear yet another complaint about religion.  This morning the story of an Oregon man, with the help of the ACLU, are fighting to have a cross in the Mojave Dessert taken down because it is a religious symbol on federally owned land.  Frank Buono brought this fight to the attention of The ACLU back in 1999 stating that it is an infringement of the Establishment Clause.  As  I found on about.com, the establishment clause states:  The 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” This establishment clause has been used by the Supreme Court to overturn, or declare unconstitutional, state laws involving the government in religious activities, such as prayers or religious programs in public schools”. 

First the story of the cross, it was erected in 1934 by Riley Bembry, a World War I medic in remembrance for the fallen during the war.  And then became a site for service to come to ease the distress of mustard gas in the dessert air.  Bembry took care of the cross until his death in 1984, never received permission to construct the cross, at which time was not government property.  In the 1990’s a  request  to put up a Buddhist Shrine near the cross was declined, which led former park ranger Buono to contact the ACLU, stating the Latin cross is not a universal symbol for religions.  That it should not represent Jewish, Muslims and many other sects.

Slowly the ACLU and others have been getting rid of any and all religious symbols from this country. Cities and schools can not use the word Christmas in holiday displays or programs because it leaves out other religions which do not celebrate Christmas.  In many government buildings all signs and symbols of religion have been taken down and officials reprimanded for displaying such items as the Ten Commandments, pictures of Jesus Christ and crosses.  Does anyone remember that the Constitution was founded on Biblical principles?  The men and women that came to this country were God-fearing people who lived by the Bible, and believed the words therein.  The Founding Fathers of this country did not want England to dictate to them any longer.  These men worked feverishly to compose a document that would benefit their new lives in this country, only to have the ACLU and others to interpret the Constitution to their own benefit and the benefits of a self-righteous cause.

Let the Mojave cross stay where it is without any further recourse.  Let’s put a stop to the Americans ( and I use that term loosely) who try to take away our right to religion and freedom of expression.

God Bless America

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