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.
"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
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.