Controversial cross to stand in San Carlos Cemetery

Full story: Monterey County Herald

A small cross marks the location inside San Carlos Cemetery where the Del Monte Beach Cross will be relocated as Bishop Richard Garcia of the Diocese of Monterey speaks at a news conference Monday.
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Mar 3, 2010
 
Listen, my friend. If you want to make that argument to the courts then get together with your friends and put up the money to litigate it. That's how the ACLU gets its money. From people who want the Bill of Rights enforced and are willing to donate to make that possible. If you think your argument is strong enough that it will convince the courts to overturn longstanding precedent and rule that religious symbols on public land are OK as long as private individuals pay for them and put them up, then good luck to you. You're going to need it.

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Well, I don't have the organizational skills and money necessary to mount a challenge myself. But I will certainly support any efforts of others. The precedent against a creche on public property is only about 25 years old, hardly "longstanding" in the chronology of the Republic. Before the 1980s, manger scenes on public lawns were a fairly common sight around the country at Christmastime. The ones I knew about were put up by private organizations, and not officially endorsed or commissioned by the government agencies that had jurisdiction over the property.

I also observed that the ACLU's attack on creches coincided with the rise of the religious right as a political force seeking to legislate personal morality. I don't think that was mere coincidence. I think the ACLU overreacted by attacking harmless and legitimate religious expression right along with the truly serious threats to individual liberty posed by Christian fundamentalists.

-Mr. Toy
www.montereypeninsula.info

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