16984Cross case moving along!
- Aug 1, 2009http://www.americanhumanist.org/news/details/2009-07-american-humanist-association-files-brief-in-support-of-removal-of-desert-cross
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For Immediate Release
(Washington, D.C., July 31, 2009)
The American Humanist Association filed a friend of the court brief today with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Salazar v. Buono in support of Respondent Frank Buono. The case will determine whether a Christian cross may remain atop Sunrise Rock in the Mojave National Preserve in California.
> "A cross has no place on publicsaid Bob Ritter, Legal Coordinator of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center
> land, and that doesn't change
> when Congress sells off the
> narrow portion of land on which
> the cross rests to a private party
> yet retains control over it as a
> so-called war memorial,"
> "A reasonable observer wouldAfter a district court ordered the removal of the cross on federal property in the California desert, Congress authorized the exchange of land the cross sits on to the Veterans of Foreign Wars for other land privately held in the Preserve. They also designated the cross as a war memorial.
> continue to believe that the cross
> in the middle of the Preserve--that
> is ninety-five percent owned by the
> government--still gives the
> appearance of government
> endorsement of Christianity.”
As the 9th circuit observed, Congress left
> “a little donut hole of land withcontinued Ritter.
> a cross in the midst of a vast
> federal preserve.”
> "This is a clear violation of the
> establishment clause,"
> "Under Court precedent, governmentThe U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments in the case on October 7th. The brief was signed on to by several organizations, including The American Ethical Union, Atheist Alliance International, Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, Secular Student Alliance and the Society for Humanistic Judaism.
> may not prefer one religion over
> another, or religion over nonreligion.
> Here, government has done both."
The American Humanist Association ( www.americanhumanist.org ) advocates for the rights and viewpoints of humanists. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., its work is extended through more than 100 local chapters and affiliates across America.
Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity.
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