There has been a positive development in the effort to save San
Diego's Mt. Soledad Cross.
The cross, which honors American veterans, has been
on Mt. Soledad in La Jolla since 1954 and stands 29 feet tall. An
atheist filed the original lawsuit, complaining that the cross was
an instance of government endorsement of religion. The Supreme
Court decided not to rule on the constitutional challenge, sending
it back to federal court to try to reach a settlement.
Liberty Institute took action after learning
the ACLU and federal government were proposing to eliminate the Mt. Soledad
Association, which is responsible for the cross, from those
Liberty Institute sttorney Jeff Mateer explains why the Liberty
Institute had to step in.
"Certainly we felt like we had a very strong
position, and it really does call in to question what the ACLU was
up to in the case trying to exclude the veterans," he tells
"We hope that they weren't trying to reach some sort of
agreement with the administration that would result in taking down
But a federal judge this week has ruled nothing will go on
behind closed doors, unless the Mt. Soledad Association is seated
at the table.
"We will continue the defense of this veterans' memorial, and
our goal is that it would be preserved -- that the cross would
remain and that we would continue to honor the selfless sacrifice
of the veterans," Mateer states.