Legion Leader Hails Supreme Court Decision on Mojave Cross as Victory for Common Sense

Legion Leader Hails Supreme Court Decision on Mojave Cross as Victory for Common Sense
WASHINGTON, April 28 /Christian Newswire/ — The national commander of The American Legion today hailed the 5-4 decision of the Supreme court reversing a lower court decision that could have required the removal of a cross that has stood in the Mojave National Preserve for more than 75 years.

„I commend the court for its decision that finally restores common sense that will enable this symbol to stand proudly as intended — a tribute to honor American soldiers who died in World War I,“ said National Commander Clarence E. Hill. „This is a landmark decision that not only preserves the Mojave Desert cross, but also helps protect all memorials to our fallen heroes.“
The American Legion joined as an amicus curiae (friend of the court) in action favoring preservation of the monument that resulted in the case being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court last year.
„The court reaffirmed the will of the people through Congress, which passed legislation to accommodate the cross,“ Hill said. „The cross should remain because Congress transferred a small plot on which it stands to a private group and addressed constitutional concerns.“
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the ruling, „The goal of avoiding governmental endorsement does not require eradication of all religious symbols in the public realm. Here one Latin cross in the desert evokes far more than religion. It evokes thousands of small crosses in foreign fields marking the graves of Americans who fell in battles, battles whose tragedies are compounded if the fallen are forgotten.“
However, the battle may not be entirely over. The Court remanded the case to the U.S. District Court to give it a chance to see if any other legal alternatives exist. However, the High Court reminded the District Court that: „Respect for a coordinate branch of Government forbids striking down an Act of Congress except upon a clear showing of unconstitutionality.“
The cross will remain covered pending the District Court’s review.
„The American Legion will continue to fight for the values and freedoms veterans gave their lives for,“ Hill said.
With a membership of 2.5-million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and patriotic youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 14,000 posts across the nation.
A high resolution photo of National Commander Hill and more information on this story is available at www.legion.org

Judge Bans National Day of Prayer: Sign Free Petition to Obama

Judge Bans National Day of Prayer: Sign Free Petition to Obama
MEDIA ADVISORY, April 16 /Christian Newswire/ — Federal Judge Barbara Crabb ruled in favor of atheist complainers at the Freedom from Religion Foundation, that government recognition of prayer violates the First Amendment. Crabb claimed her decision „carries out the Founders‘ plan of preserving religious liberty to the fullest extent possible in a pluralistic society,“ proving she actually believes the Founding Fathers, who prayed to the Judeo-Christian God in Congress, would now suddenly oppose public acts of prayer.

The Pray In Jesus Name Project, led by Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, has already gathered several thousand paper and electronic petition signatures asking President Obama to defend and reinstate public observance of the National Day of Prayer, which Congress created in 1952.
To sign the FREE petition asking President Obama to reinstate NDOP, visit: http://tinyurl.com/obamapray
. Please also help our petition go viral by tweeting these words on Twitter/Facebook: „Sign Free Petition: Ask President Obama to reinstate the National Day of Prayer. http://tinyurl.com/obamapray
. Please re-tweet many times.“
But thus far, White House officials have not yet agreed to meet with Chaplain Klingenschmitt, or receive his petitions. Please call the White House at 202-456-1111 to leave a comment for Joshua Dubois, leader of Obama’s faith initiative.
„As a former Navy Chaplain who was punished for praying ‚in Jesus name‘ in uniform,“ said Klingenschmitt, „I will be joining thousands of people and scores of national ministry leaders at the MayDay2010.org
event on May 1st, to pray at the Lincoln Memorial. I hereby invite President Obama to come pray with us, and receive our petitions in person that day.“
The MayDay2010.org prayer rally at the Lincoln Memorial on May 1st is is endorsed by James Dobson, Tim Wildmon, Dutch Sheets, Cindy Jacobs, Janet Porter, Rick Scarborough, Mat Staver, 5 Congressmen, and many others.
Chaplain Klingenschmitt may participate in a press conference late next week outside the White House, but is available now for news interviews, at 719-360-5132, or email chaplaingate@yahoo.com.