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The Liberty Institute, a nonprofit firm based in Dallas with the goal of "promoting Judeo-Christian" values, are taking the fight over the Mount Soledad Cross to the Supreme Court, reports the Associated Press.

Besides the nonprofit, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart have teamed up to try and undo a ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that deemed the memorial was unconstitutional.

"An upcoming battle involves the Mount Soledad Memorial, a 29-foot-tall Latin cross erected as a veterans memorial and located in San Diego with religious symbols from other faiths surrounding," reads a message posted on the group's website.

"It is outrageous to think that a memorial placed over 75 years ago by veterans could be the object of such anger, but this is worth fighting for. If even one memorial is torn down, it will mean that no memorial with any kind of religious imagery is safe."

Representatives from the Liberty Institute are expected to file their petition on Thursday.


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mdcaton Feb. 9, 2012 @ 4:50 p.m.

The memorial is great. No one wants to remove the memorial, just the cross. We owe it to all veterans to honor them, and if you have veterans who aren't Christians, a lot of them feel slighted by that. My dad was a naval officer and an atheist; what do people have against his service? Keep the memorial but move the cross. Otherwise, next we'll have a Muslim statue at a memorial. This is America - the same rules apply to everyone.


InOmbra Feb. 10, 2012 @ 1:12 p.m.

Agree, the memorial is important, but the cross is wrong and exclusionary. Not to mention an ugly concoction of cinder blocks.

The so-called nonprofit Liberty Institute (ein 751403169) changed their name from Free Market Foundation to LI in 2009. They haven't filed the required IRS forms since then. Guess that's one of the liberties they think they should have. They still retain the Free Market url: www.freemarket.org

A Dallas Morning News article gives some background on LI's aggressive filing of "activist" lawsuits: http://tinyurl.com/84fbhps


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