The occasional, often ill-considered thoughts of a Roman Catholic permanent deacon who is ever grateful to God for his existence. Despite the strangeness we encounter in this life, all the suffering we witness and endure, being is good, so good I am sometimes unable to contain my joy. Deo gratias!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Who Stole the "Controversial" Veterans Memorial Cross in the Mohave?

As some of you may know, there's been quite a controversy over a seven-foot cross that was first erected in the Mohave Desert in 1934 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars to honor those who gave their lives during World War I (photo at left). As you might guess the very existence of this cross drove the ACLU and its fellow travelers absolutely crazy. I'm sure they found it hard to imagine anything more damaging to our liberties than that white cross jutting up from a rock in the middle of a desert. Who knows how many rattlesnakes and tarantulas and jack rabbits were led astray by this intrusion of a religious symbol on federal property? And so, the ACLU brought suit to have the cross removed. A lower federal court, siding with the ACLU, had the cross covered by a large plywood box (see photo, lower right) until the U. S. Supreme Court ruled on the case.

The photo of that boxed cross is just one more reminder of the remarkable stupidity of some of our federal judges. How did these people ever get nominated, much less confirmed, for these lofty positions? Anyway, the Supreme Court, siding with the veterans and not the ACLU, came through  by (barely) overturning the lower court in an increasingly common 5-4 decision. Normally that would be the end of the story, assuming the ACLU doesn't pursue the issue using different legal arguments. But guess what? Someone stole the cross! Hmm, a sore loser perhaps? Apparently not everyone thinks so. The National Park Service seems to believe it might be just a coincidence and that the cross was stolen for the scrap value of the metal. Yeah, right.

Here's what Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League, had to say about the theft and its aftermath:
A 7-foot tall cross cemented with metal bolts to a rock has been stolen from an area surrounded by rattlesnakes hiding in rock crevices, and the National Park Service says it does not know whether the act was the work of scrap metal scavengers or those "with an interest in the case." This is reminiscent of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who said last week that the Times Square bomber could have been acting alone in protest of the health care bill. 

Someone needs to give the National Park Service a hint—this isn't the work of bored teenagers or those who frequent hock shops. The cluelessness of our leaders is astonishing. 
No kidding. Except I believe Bill is being kind when he attributes these words to "cluelessness." Personally, I think such statements by government hacks are quite intentional and designed to support their usual politically correct take on such issues.


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