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By Jay Sekulow1307632480000

It's disappointing, but comes as no real surprise.  A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has declared the long-standing war memorial cross on top of a San Diego mountain unconstitutional - a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

As you may recall, we've been involved in this case for years - fighting to ensure that the cross survives legal challenges that now span decades.

The decision represents a judicial slap in the face to the countless military veterans honored by this memorial. This is a flawed decision that not only strikes at the heart of honoring our military veterans, it reaches a faulty conclusion that this iconic memorial - part of the historic landscape of San Diego - is unconstitutional. 

We filed an amicus brief with the 9th circuit in this case - nearly two years ago.  We represented 25 members of Congress, and now with this latest decision, we will stand ready to defend and support this memorial once again - either at the 9th circuit if the appeals court decided to have the case heard by the full panel, or at the Supreme Court of the United States, where this case ultimately is likely to end up.

This decision is generating a lot of media attention.  Some of the stories that include our reaction are posted here.  Also posted, is a summary of the decision which is located here.

Rest assured, we will continue with this fight.  The appeals court got this one wrong.  And, now while this already lengthy legal battle will be extended, we're confident that at the end of the road - the war memorial cross in San Diego will survive as a powerful symbol honoring our military veterans.

 

Purple Hearts for Fort Hood Victims

By Jay Sekulow1423243672347

At last, a victory for common sense and fairness. According to Fox News , next week the Army will announce that the victims of Nidal Hasan’s Fort Hood terrorist attack will receive purple hearts. Previously, the Obama Administration had labeled Hasan’s attack an act of “workplace violence,” despite...

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American Sniper Has Created a Cultural Moment: Here’s Why

By David French1421694905032

At 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night, a packed theater in Franklin, Tenn., was completely quiet. As the credits rolled, some folks were filing out, but many more were standing, still looking at the screen, honoring the man whose life they’d just seen portrayed on the silver screen. Before the movie, I’d...

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A Time for Thanks; A Time for Resolve

By Jay Sekulow1417019056106

In many ways this has been a good year at the ACLJ. There is much to be thankful for—we’ve won key, precedent setting victories in court here at home, and we’ve even made progress fighting Christian persecution abroad. At home, we’ve defended the rights of Christian students and professors, won a...

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A Brief Veteran’s Day Reflection

By David French1415735598773

Though my own military service is winding down, for now (I transferred to the Individual Ready Reserve earlier this year), I’m still a veteran. That’s a part of my identity now, and it will be for the rest of my life. Military service is becoming less common with each American generation .

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