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A Little List: The Top Ten Church-State Stories Of 2013

It’s that time of year when people are compiling lists. So let’s look at the Top Ten Church-State Stories of 2013.

1. Greece, N.Y., prayer case argued before U.S. Supreme Court: An Americans United-sponsored lawsuit challenging legislative prayer in the city of Greece, N.Y., reached the Supreme Court. Read more

Supreme Court Made The Right Call In Refusing California Cross Case, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Mt. Soledad Cross Does Not Memorialize All War Dead

The U.S. Supreme Court today announced that it will not hear a long-running controversy over a 43-foot-tall cross displayed on government-owned property in San Diego.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State welcomed the court’s refusal of the case. The Christian cross, Americans United says, is not an appropriate symbol to memorialize deceased veterans of many different faith perspectives. Read more

Cross Fire: The Latest Effort To Save Christian ‘War Memorial’ Should Fail

Let’s say you had a relative who fought and died in World War II and who was an atheist (or a Jew or a Hindu). Let’s say the government told you it was going to honor your relative’s sacrifice to our nation with a 43-foot cross atop a mountain in San Diego.

Is this acceptable to you – a cross honoring your deceased, non-Christian veteran?

It’s not to a lot of people. Yet that’s exactly what’s going on at Mt. Soledad in California. Read more

Cross Clarification: Appeals Court Rules That Central Symbol Of Christianity Does Not Represent All War Dead

A federal appeals court yesterday ruled that a 43-foot cross atop Mt. Soledad near San Diego is an example of government favoritism toward one religion and is thus unconstitutional.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but, incredibly, this case has been knocking around in the courts for two decades. More remarkably, a lower court ruled in 2008 that the cross is a secular symbol that memorializes all war dead. Read more

Silly Question, Easy Answer: Is The Cross A Symbol Of Christianity?

It's been a little while since we've had an update on the Mt. Soledad cross controversy, but today, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is finally hearing oral arguments to decide if this cross is a religious symbol or a generic and secular emblem of death.

It seems like it would be such an obvious answer – the cross represents Christianity!

And that's just what Alex Luchenitser, AU's senior litigation counsel, told the San Diego Union-Tribune. Read more