The United States Park Service, a representative of ‘We The People’ has sided with criminal activity over law abiding citizens this week. You might recall the hullabaloo over a cross which had been standing at the Mojave National Preserve since 1934 . A law suit was filed claiming the Christian religious symbol violated separation of church and state on federal property; however, the Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of permitting the cross to remain.
Thieves and/or vandals, call them what you will, cut down and removed the cross after the Supreme Court ruling. This week workers noticed a replacement cross had been erected, at considerable effort due to the rugged terrain involved. Linda Slater, a spokeswoman for the Park Service stated, “the new cross isn’t covered by the ruling and will be taken down”.
I’ve a question for Linda Slater, how did the Parks Service come to decide the new cross isn’t covered by the Supreme Court ruling? Did instructions to deny the replacement cross come from superiors and if so, who? It’s fairly clear somebody in the administration doesn’t want to follow the decision of the Supreme Court; wonder who that might be, other than the thieves and/or vandals who destroyed and carted away the first one.
Perhaps the Supreme Court did a metallurgical study of the old cross prior to expressing their decision that the cross could remain on federal property. They had scientifically identified the type of iron or steel which was used in making the original cross in order to keep anyone from fabricating a fraudulent cross. The shape of the cross might have been a bit different as well; can never tell when replacing one that has been destroyed or stolen, get out those micrometers.
Taking sides with the thieves and/or vandals, folks who could not handle being set in their place by a court of law, one which reached the highest court in the land, is imprudent at best. It has the effect of giving pardon to a criminal act; but far worse, it sends a message that the decision of our highest court has no weight or bearing on our society. Sitting on the fence and saying “the case is still under litigation” relegates the same answer; the case was closed the moment the Supreme Court decided in favor of the cross remaining where it has stood all these years.
I’m reminded of burial sites, American owned and managed land where American Soldiers have been laid to rest, a religious symbol above most graves; but none touches my heart more than the poem, In Flanders Fields.
In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
I’m sure there’s litigation somewhere in the system to have religious markers removed from all federal property. Memorial Day is just around the corner; let’s start pulling grave stones from the burial sites in our national cemeteries right away. There are thousands of Christian Crosses, Jewish Star of David and so on; tear them all down until the earth shakes out from under us for desecrating all that has been fought for by our brave and honored dead. Linda Slater or who ever decided to pursue such a course, enough is enough; crawl back under the rock you crept out from and spare America further disgrace in the sight of God.
This article has been cross posted to The Moral Liberal , a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & The American Constitution”.