City Council Votes to Appeal Decision to Remove Mt. Soledad Cross | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

By Jay Sekulow1308975974000

Yesterday evening, the City Council of San Diego voted 5-3 in favor of filing all necessary appeals in order to preserve the cross on Mt. Soledad.  The cross is part of the overall war memorial on top of Mt. Soledad.  The City Council also voted 5-3 to seek a stay pending all the appeals.  This stay will allow the cross to be maintained in its current position while the case is taken through the various appellate processes.  The city also said that they will be reviewing the appeal process in late June or early July in order to assess the status of the legal situation before the imposition of the $5,000/day fine.  Meanwhile, the constitutionality of the voter initiative to continue the Mt. Soledad memorial is currently on appeal to the Fourth District State Court of Appeals in California. 


We are pleased that the City of San Diego has voted to appeal the federal district courts decision ordering the removal of the Mt. Soledad cross.  We are also announcing today that we will be representing members of Congress who are military veterans in filing friend-of-the-court briefs in support of San Diegos appeals of the court decisions.  Currently, we have over 115,000 signatures on a national petition campaign urging President Bush and others to intervene to save the cross.  Mayor Jerry Sanders of San Diego met with the President and senior officials at the White House to look at any and all possible federal intervention necessary to save this important war memorial.  Our Government Affairs office in Washington, DC, is working with members of Congress on the same issue.  Earlier in the week, we had Congressman Duncan Hunter on our radio program, and he discussed the importance of saving this historic war memorial. 


To remove this cross is an insult to the men and women who fought to protect our freedoms.  This is an issue that has generated tremendous interest way beyond San Diegos, reaching to the halls of Congress and American citizens from coast to coast.  To allow the ACLU to strip religious symbolism from public life would cut against Americas heritage.  For additional information, please check for updates.





Honor Veterans With Words and Action

By Benjamin P. Sisney1447262972701

We're gathered today, just as we have gathered before, to remember those who served, those who fought, those still missing, and those who gave their last full measure of devotion for our country. Few in modern times have spoken as eloquently as President Reagan on the subject of our Veterans. He...

read more

Remembering Our Rendezvous

By Joseph Williams1446069397791

Yesterday marked the 51st anniversary of one of the most important political speeches ever delivered – Ronald Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing” Speech. Also sometimes referred to as the “Rendezvous with Destiny” speech, it was delivered by Ronald Reagan in 1964, days before the presidential election...

read more

Never Forget

By Jay Sekulow1441972800000

Fourteen years ago today, terror struck American soil. Radical Islamic jihadists slaughtered thousands of innocent Americans in cold blood. Three years ago today, terrorists murdered American diplomats in Benghazi. Have we forgotten? These unprovoked attacks have not ceased. They have only...

read more

CASE UPDATE: Defending a WWII . . .

By Joseph Williams1436471349030

Yesterday, a federal appeals court heard oral argument in a critical case we have been involved in to defend a historic war memorial from an angry atheist attack. When World War II veterans returned from fighting in Italy, they wanted to memorialize their brothers-in-arms who didn’t return home.

read more