Religion had nothing to do with the cross in my opinion. It was erected by war veterans who were mining the area in the 1930s as a rememberence of their fallen bretheren. Monuments to the dead are held in honor worldwide regardless of culture or religious belief. Personaly, I would be willing to help erect its replacement. Thank GOD I never had to experience the horrors associated with war. I honor all veterans for their service so I can remain free to write these words.
...will obey the law until it no longer serves their purpose, and will then resort to lawlessness and, if need be, violence, to achieve their goals.
My own personal feelings on the subject reflect it's historic value as a monument erected by war veterans who where mining the area in the depression of the 1930s. The purpose was a remembrance to those who had given their lives, not a government endorsement of any particular religion. It's too bad someone took the matter into their own hands. Since the cross was located on private land within the NPS managed Mojave Preserve, the crime falls under the jurisdiction of the SB County Sheriff's Dept. No doubt, any tracks left behind have now been obliterated.
Monuments to the dead are held in honor among all cultures worldwide regardless of religious belief and should be honored and respected as such in my opinion.
I tried to post something yesterday about this, but was having a hard time explaining my feelings. You did a very good job of expressing what I wanted to say Sandman. While a cross may inherently be a "christian" thing, it's also a pretty typical symbol of respect for the dead and as you said, it's really sad to me that our society has gotten to the point where we have to argue about things like this all the way up to the Supreme Court. I don't know about all of you, but I think we have LOTS BIGGER things to be focusing on.
That said, I hope they find out who did it and prosecute them.
This is sick on two fronts IMO. The first is that "Anyone" would sue to have the cross removed in the first place, and the second being that someone would take it upon themselves to remove it while it was going through the court system.
I hate thieves, I hope they find them and nail them to it.
As a clarification the NPS and FBI are in charge of the investigation. Sandman quit with the assumptions.
Here is the link to the latest on the story.
They walk among us Terry -
People who have no respect at all, for other peoples beliefs, ideals and principles.
When they don't get what they want, exactly the way they want it. They resort to whatever it takes to make sure, nobody else gets what they want either. People who stand for "Nothing" themselves, have plenty of free time on their hands, to try to undermine the ones who have a "Cause" in their hearts, and a "Dream" in their soul.
They walk among us - Tearing down, or attempting to destroy anything they don't understand or agree with.
They walk among us - Sometimes speaking out the loudest against others who do the same thing.
They walk among us -
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