is reporting that the Mount Solidad Cross has been federalized.  The cross, a “living war memorial,” has been under attack lately by the so-called “American Civil Liberties Union,” representing an atheist who objects to the shape of the monument.  The cross has been up for over 50 years.  Federalization of the cross means that the ruling of a California judge forcing the city to remove the monument may be stayed.

The full article is below.

August 14, 2006

Mt. Soledad Cross Federalized

President Bush today signed into law a bill that transfers ownership of San Diego’s Mt. Soledad War Memorial to the federal government — theoretically trumping the order of a California judge forcing city officials to remove the historic cross that stands at the center of the memorial.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 349-74 in July to approve legislation sponsored by a San Diego-area congressman, Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter, to shift the land the memorial sits on to the Defense Department to avoid the court-ordered removal of the cross. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., introduced and got passed a nearly identical bill, which was placed on the consent calendar just before lawmakers left for their August recess. Surprisingly, neither of California’s liberal Democratic senators tried to stop the bill.

The fate of the cross, meanwhile, hasn’t been finally settled. The American Civil Liberties Union, which represents an atheist who objects to the 50-plus year-old symbol, said it plans to challenge the title transfer and continue to seek the cross’s removal.

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