A settlement has been reached between the U.S. government and the ACLU, who challenged the veterans memorial cross on Sunrise Hill in California’s Mojave Desert. In 2010, in Salazar v. Buono, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the cross is constitutional, citing Liberty Institute’s brief on behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) twelve times. The Supreme Court also ruled that the lower court erred in striking down the congressional act that would have allowed the exchange of the acre of federal land surrounding the memorial for five acres of privately donated land elsewhere in the preserve. This settlement brings us closer to restoring the simple veterans’ memorial that stood for over 70 years to honor the brave Americans who lost their lives in the name of freedom. Although this settlement ends the ACLU’s lawsuit to tear down the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial, still pending is Liberty Institute’s lawsuit on behalf of the VFW (against the federal government) to ensure the implementation of the land transfer. Learn more about Liberty Institute’s work to preserve religious expression in the public arena, go to www.DontTearMeDown.com.
Liberty Institute Announces Huge Victory: Mojave Desert War Memorial Cross One Step Closer to Being Restored after Being Torn Down
Mon, 07 May 2012 19:27:00 GMT