A court last week ordered that the giant cross at Mt. Soledad be removed, the latest in a legal fight that has lasted more than two decades and will likely go on for several more years. It isn’t actually going to be removed, of course, because there are yet more appeals. Jim Underdown, executive director of CFI-Los Angeles, wrote a brief letter to the LA Times answering some of the arguments made by those who defend the cross:
Of course the giant cross looming over San Diego is an inappropriate endorsement of Christianity. The legal mental gymnastics that folks there have been using for years to deny this can be exposed with one simple test:
Replace the cross with a giant star of David, statue of Buddha or star and crescent, and see how Christians feel living under someone else’s religious symbol.
Christians shouldn’t worry. Should they lose their appeal on the court order to remove the cross from public property, I’m sure they can find some tax-exempt church property on which to erect it.