Atheists sue California city over planned war memorial

Thursday, June 6, 2013
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Becky Yeh - California correspondent (OneNewsNow.com)

California legal group Pacific Justice Institute is defending a California city against a lawsuit filed by atheists opposed to a proposed war memorial.

Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, says the city of Lake Elsinore has a right to erect a monument that honors Americans who have given up their lives for freedom.

Dacus, Brad (PJI)"This attack is a direct affront on the ability for our communities and local and state and federal governments to recognize those who have fallen in the defending of freedom in this country," he tells OneNewsNow.

The American Humanist Association, based in Washington, DC, filed the lawsuit against Lake Elsinore.

Todd Starnes of Fox News has reported the $50,000 monument is set to be erected in front of the city's baseball stadium. It features a soldier kneeling before the graveside cross beneath an American flag and an eagle.

"Freedom is never free" is inscribed at the base of the monument.

The Pacific Justice Institute says it is certain the city's actions are "appropriate and constitutional."

"This war memorial is in no way an endorsement of any particular religious doctrine or faith," Dacus says, "but is rather a broad recognition of our country's appreciation for those who have fought and died defending our country."

The attorney says PJI has seen victories in other cases where American traditions were under attack.

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