Words from the founding fathers

Words from the founding fathers

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011 8:01 pm
By: Nathan Castleman, Guest Columnist

This past Tuesday, a cross which is part of the Mt. Soledad War Memorial in San Diego, Calif. was ruled unconstitutional by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

The ruling was written by Judge M. Margaret McKeown, appointed by Clinton. In the 50-page decision, the court examined the history of war memorials and the use of the Latin cross. 

In the end,  she wrote that  the memorial, presently configured and as a whole, primarily conveys a message of government endorsement of religion that violates the establishment clause…

This result does not mean that the memorial could not be modified to pass constitutional muster, nor does it mean that no cross can be part of this veterans  memorial…We take no position on those issues. If you’re going to cite the First Amendment, you should at least read it literally.  

It says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” 

I don’t see anything about crosses in a public area in the First Amendment.  Judges need to stop rewriting it.  

A cross on public property is not a law made by Congress that establishes a religion or prohibits any religious exercise. 

To establish a religion, Congress would have to sanction a particular religion, then fund it through tax dollars, and give it legal benefits that other religions would not have.  

So leave our crosses, nativity scenes, replicas of the Ten Commandments, and other religious depictions alone.  They are not connected with any law that Congress has established.  

We need judges and leaders who will just read the Constitution and interpret it as it is written.  It’s a short document and very straight forward.

Send me your comments by email to foundingwords@yahoo.com.

wcp 1/6/11


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