This is a tough one, for me. As a Christian, I will never deny Christ or his cross. But as an American, I have to recognize that there are those who do not know Christ, or have rejected him. Their loss, but within their rights. I have no use whatsoever for the ACLU, which seems to be in the business of destroying religion for their own political purposes. But, as even a stopped clock is right twice daily, they are at least half-right on this issue.
Messrs. Cruz and Shackelford are correct in their historical assertions that we are a nation of believers. Have been from the beginning. However, when they write “The Constitution prohibits government from favoring one religion over another” they destroy their own argument.
The memorial is meant to honor all our fallen dead, not just those who were Christians. Some of our dead were Jewish; others had no faith. All should be honored, and it does no honor to erect the symbol of a faith not shared.
The fact that Christian symbols have been in the past erected to honor all of our dead does not change this. And the analogy used of “row upon row of white crosses and Stars of David at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial in France” does not support the use of a single religious symbol to serve all. Those white crosses and Stars of David are individual memorials, just as they are at Arlington National Cemetery: a particular religious symbol in keeping with the honored individual’s faith.
A cross for all violates this tradition, and, more importantly, may violate the fallen soldier’s own faith. The Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial cross should go.