Federal Judge Orders Large Cross Taken Off Mount Soledad
A federal judge in California ruled a 43-foot-tall cross atop Mount Soledad violates the separation of church and state.By Collin Ruane | December 13, 2013
A federal judge in California has ordered a 43-foot-tall cross at the site of a war memorial in the San Diego area to be removed because he says it violates separation of church and state.
The cross first went up in honor of Korean War veterans back in 1954. CNN reports lawsuits against the cross started almost 25 years ago when two Vietnam vets argued it violated California's constitution in 1989.
The New York Times notes the battle behind the cross on Mount Soledad has gone back and forth since then. In 2006, the federal government took over the land through eminent domain in an attempt to save it from being taken down.