Another Dispute About a Cross

By Phyllis Schlafly

I hope Christians realize how their religion is under attack, day after day, in so many ways. Here’s another news story about atheists trying to banish a cross and eliminate any reference to religion from being visible anytime, anywhere.

In the early days of the U.S. battle with the Sunni insurgency in Iraq, in 2004, four young Marines who were friends at Camp Pendleton, a base in southern California, were among the troops on the front line. One enlisted Marine was killed by “friendly fire” when a mortar went awry, and a second was mortally wounded while hurling a grenade to repel an enemy assault. The two officers were killed a short time later in other fierce battles in Iraq.

On a subsequent Veterans Day, a retired Navy chaplain who had served with those men and admired their courage and patriotism, led a small group of Marines and family members up a steep, rugged remote hill near Camp Pendleton to plant a 13-foot cross in their memory. Subsequently, many Marines adopted the hill as a place to leave messages in remembrance of those killed in action, including coins, medals, and dog tags brought back from distant battlefields. The cross was in such an out-of-the-way place, very difficult to get to, that the only people who could see the cross were Marines, for whom it served as a tribute to those who have fallen in combat. When a news story was printed about this cross in the local paper, anti-Christian busybodies demanded that the cross be removed as a violation of the separation of church and state.

The legal battle is still going on and I don’t know what the final result will be. But if you look at the picture of the cross in the newspaper and see what a remote location it is in, where probably only Marines would be tough enough to climb to, you can get some idea of the determination of some hateful people to banish Christianity and all its symbols from American life.

Contributing Editor, Phyllis Schlafly, is the Founder and President of Eagle Forum.

Used with the permission of Eagle Forum.

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