The Current State of the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial

Read our brief filed on June 8, 2009, on behalf of the veterans and caretakers of the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial here.

Before the ruling against the cross:


The cross, as it is now:Mojave Desert Cross 021

23 Responses to The Current State of the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial

  1. Sarah says:

    Can’t we just get someone to spray paint a cross on the plywood? Maybe that would be a good compromise?

  2. debi says:

    Unbelievable…I remember in the early 90’s when the government protected the right of an “artist” to display a cross in a jar of urine with our tax dollars! But we can’t honor our fallen with a cross? Lord come quickly!

  3. Matthew says:

    Our founding fathers would roll in their graves! In this climate of political correctness, the civil liberty organizations quickly and conveniently forget the men and women who have served to protect the very freedom which now allows them to attack this natio from within.

  4. Thomas says:

    This is unbelievable. Have the Americans completely forgotten how your land got to be? Your shared Christian heritage? Granted, there are people and nations out there, more than willing to help an American downfall. What is so surpricing to a Norwegian is that there are so many Americans within the bounderies of the United states that are willing to do the dirty work for them. The Mojave Desert cross, a memorial to the many that gave their life for us Europeans, is to be cherished, not something to be torn down in a supposedly misunderstood “political correctness” action. Shame.

  5. Dorotha says:

    They have been trying to destroy any trace of Jesus for over 2,000 years. This is just one more effort. Our liberties are being taken away from us one by one. When is it going to be enough. When do we stand and fight and say “No more”?

  6. Dave says:

    I think its time that concerned Christians file a class action lawsuit against the ACLU. I find it appalling how they are quick to come to the defense of any religious organzation that objects to the display of Christian symbols.

    But if someone complains about the display of non-Christian religious symbols or puts up something that would offend non-Christian faith, they will side with the-non-Christians everytime.

    The ACLU clearly has an agenda and I’d love to see someone take them on!!!

    • Andy says:

      Dave, I couldn’t agree more. The ACLU has gone too far one more time. I agree that the class action lawsuit would be the perfect action, but the sad reality is no one would take the case. How this case even made it this far is disgusting. Our feelings and beliefs are the ones that are not being defended.

  7. Tanya says:

    In this time, how is it that people feel turning against God and symbols that keep our hearts warm and remembering our fallen, is going to help our situation. Shouldn’t the focus be on things that NEED to be done in this war instead of trying to crush us and the soldiers that protect us! I will continue to pray for our brave men and women that protect our country! If they thought we all lost hope in them, what would keep them fighting, what would they want to protect?

  8. GySgt USMC Ret. says:

    If the ACLU is successful in convincing the U.S. Supreme Court that this symbol of the sacrifice of countless veterans is to be torn down because of one individual who one day may venture into the desert and be offended by it, that will set a precedence that all monuments all around our country may suffer the same fate. Could you imagine removing all the head stones from ARLINGTON CEMETERY because someone may be offended by a cross or a Star of David on them?

  9. Bobby Jean says:

    American military casualties occur because brave men and women step forward to answer the government’s call to action. Under those circumstances, memorials to fallen soldiers have every right to exist on federal land.

    Memorials HEAL. Memorials COMFORT. Memorials help veterans and civilians alike recall historic events that shaped our country. If those events are forgotten, we are doomed to repeat them.

    I find it curious the ACLU are so threatened by a simple wooden cross erected in the midst of the vast Mojave Desert. If the organization truly fights for civil liberties, why not support the veterans that defend and assure those liberties?

  10. Earl Hintz says:

    It is very clear to me that this nation is headed to disaster. There are many that want this country to die. Example is the symbols that the ACLU is so persistent to destroy. Now added is the Congress and the President that want to tear this country to shreds. People, this only the beginning and I do not have any ideas on how to change it.

  11. Carol says:

    I was so depressed when I watched the news where they had to cover the cross in the Mojave Desert. The next segment was about the student killed in Chicago with a railroad tie. We need to pray. Obviously man can’t handle running the world.
    2Ch 7:14

  12. margie says:

    If the majority of people are outraged about ACLU wanting to get rid of this cross for our veterans, why isn’t there more outcry about it? Will our country’s flags have to be taken off our veteran’s graves in our national cemetaries? What? Why? How? Does anyone other than this handfull of nuts think that it’s okay? I don’t know anyone who is not outraged about this but the few, the ACLU, will have their way. I’m worried about our country. Not the everyman, but the few who make the decisions.

  13. Ann David says:

    I am not from the US but what a shame.
    America is known as the land of the free but a cross can’t even be put up? What about the Red Cross then? Why should anyone want to object to a religios symbol. We should respect all. It is offensive to show so much violence on tv but that appears ok. The case brought is not about freedom, it is about taking away freedom.

  14. Margaret says:

    Has anyone been to Arlington Cemetery lately? OOPS

  15. Alison Morales says:

    If they rule to take down this beautiful memorial cross, then should they not then travel all American highways and take down crosses put up on sites where loved ones have died? It is unbelieveable that our tax dollars go to trying a case as ridiculous as this. Equal rights is for everyone, not just those atheists!

  16. John B - Springfield, OH says:

    My opinion…The First Amendment protects the right of those honored by their ultimate sacrifice to be remembered for their Faith in their religions AND their Country through the use of a memorial cross on public lands they fought to protect! Remember…The courts are not permitted to “create laws” that “prohibit the free excercise thereof!”

    Congress shall make no law respecting (does this mean “respect” or “with respect to?”) an establishment (does this mean TO establish or AN establishment?” of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

  17. Lee says:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

    I don’t see where Congress passed a law saying this cross was a symbol of a national religion, so get the courts out of the way.

  18. I just recently became aware of this travesty.That a cross put up as a memorial for our fallen heros has been dubbed as offensive by one individual a thousand miles away is unbeliveable.That a judge,who i am sure is American,would order it to be covered is even more unbelievable.The move to have this cross removed must be defeated,and the ACLU MUST BE STOPPED.It is a cross in the desert today.Will it be one in your local cemetary tomorrow?I am going to alert all my friends of this rediculous attempt to remove this cross ,And ask God to lead and guide those who will defend it in court.

  19. Tom Marty says:

    The ACLU are traitors to our country when they try to have a memorial Cross torn down, especially one that was put up for veterans long before most of us were even born. They are why we have a lot of the freedoms that we enjoy. I am a VietNam veteran and when I here of somebody trying to take away what I went and fought for, it causes me to take these people and send them to some other country or back to theirs if they weren’t born here. It just burns my you know what when I hear this stuff. They should have to spend at least two years in the service when they protest veterans memorials or anything concerned with GOD!!! If you don’t want to see it, don’t look. If you don’t like what you read, don’t read it, PERIOD!!!

  20. Bob says:

    I just hope the justices on the Supreme Court use some common sense in making their decision !!!

  21. Raymond says:

    Have you ever seen the Mojave Desert? Ever traversed through it? Generally speaking – off the beaten path – you see NO ONE! It seems ludicrous to me that such an enourmous deal is made out of this ARTWORK in the shape of a cross. Isn’t this a persecution of ARTISTIC expression? The whole crapper of a lawsuit makes me want to go there and remove the box … and I am in Ohio! I like the idea of filing a lawsuit against the ACLU for religous persecution. With all the money floating around in the Christian Community one would think we could sink their ship – and keep it there. Seperation of Church and State was never intended to mean this. Screw fairness!

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