The fate of the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross has been in contention, as the ACLU wants it to be dismantled. The ACLU lost a battle in squeezing out a San Diego based veterans organization as a party in the case, as ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Larry Burns.
Although common sense would dictate that the veterans should have a say in the fate of the Memorial, the ACLU disagrees. ABC News reports that "The American Civil Liberties Union said the veterans' organization does not own the property and should not be an intervening party in the case." The veteran's memorial cross was erected in 1954 to honor veterans from the Korean War and is somehow offensive to the Department of Justice and the ACLU, which does not seem to care much for historic symbols treasured by citizens, and particularly veterans.
It seems that the ACLU could do a lot of good in America by defending the rights of her citizens in ways other than bashing a veteran's monument. This year, the ACLU cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars for legal fees in various cases, such as in the case of a banner that was hung at a public high school in Rhode Island (and had been since the 1960s), or the case of dismantling the long held tradition of father/daughter dances due to "gender stereotyping," which, according to the ACLU, "only perpetuates outdated notions of 'girl' and 'boy' activities and is contrary to federal law." Puhleez. Citizens need to start standing up to these bullies, who could do a ton of good in the area of privacy concerns for United States citizens, for example. This author finds it difficult to believe that a father/daughter dance is anything other than an opportunity for fathers and daughters to bond.
"We are pleased with the Court's decision today allowing the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association to continue as a party in this case, regardless of the ACLU's tactics to silence the MSMA and exclude the veterans from discussions that will determine the fate of this historic Veterans Memorial. Through the years, the Association has tirelessly fought to preserve this longstanding memorial. We look forward to continuing to defend and work alongside the other parties to achieve a resolution that will preserve this memorial cross and continue to honor the selfless sacrifice and service of our nation's veterans."
The fate of the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross is still in question, but at least for now, veterans will still be able to have a stake in defending it.
Image Source: SoledadMemorial.com