Cross Memorial Violates 1st Amendment: 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (January 6, 2011, 2:17 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit has reversed a ruling that a 43-foot-tall cross and war memorial in San Diego does not violate the First Amendment, bringing another twist to the decades-long legal controversy surrounding the monument.

Although the massive white cross, erected in 1913 as a veteran memorial, has since been joined by secular plaques and other displays honoring veterans, those measures are not enough to dull the cross’ primarily religious message or to obviate the sense the federal government has endorsed a religion, Judge M. Margaret McKeown...
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