October 13, 2009 2:34 AM

Commentary: It's just a cross in the middle of nowhere

I'm only trying to tease out an opinion I can live with in a case the Court heard last week, about a cross in the Mojave Desert. The original cross (it has been replaced a number of times over the years) was erected in 1934 as a tribute to the dead of World War I and sits in a remote corner of what is now the Mojave National Preserve. Its legal troubles began ten years ago with a former employee of the National Park Service who sued because he thought the cross an improper display on federal land in that it celebrated one faith over others.

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