Mount Soledad cross controversy
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To all -
A supporter of my outreach sent me the write-up below about a month ago. I think it deserves to be read and posted on a number of websites: --Ingrid Zundel
I don't know which side of the Atlantic you reside on but I would like to bring to your attention an ongoing controversy in San Diego CA. I'm referring to the Cross on Mount Soledad in La Jolla a part of San Diego.
The cross is a war memorial to veterans of WWI, WWII and Korean War. The current cross atop the mountain has been in place since 1954 while a prior cross had been on the mountain since 1913. Over the past few decades first an atheist and now the Jewish War Veterans national organization are using the ACLU to have the cross taken down. Several local Rabbis have spoken out about how the cross offends them. One prominent Rabbi said years ago that when he saw the cross from the freeway below the mountain he felt like it was not his country. You have to bend your neck a bit to look up and see it out of your windshield.
In the meantime there sits on San Diego County park land in Heritage Park (adjacent to Old Town San Diego) the old synagogue Temple Beth Israel. It is the oldest synagogue in San Diego, built in 1889, and moved to its current location about 30 years ago. It is a fine looking old building with the Star of David prominently displayed in its architecture.
It is currently used for weddings (presided over by Rabbis most likely) and Bar Mitzvahs among other uses. The County Park service says it is nondenominational. But, it is still a synagogue, a religous relic, on San Diego County park land being supported by San Diego tax payers.
No one has to my knowledge ever protested its presense or tried to have it removed. But it seems Jews just cannot stand a Cross on Mount Soledad even though it is inclusive of all veterans.
It is my belief that if the Mount Soledad Cross must be removed to please the Jewish War Veterans then the Temple Beth Israel synagogue should also be removed from public land.
This issue is now before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. If there is any way that you could spread any word about this it would be a tremendous service to those of us who are tired of Jews trying to tell the vast majority of Americans what kind of war memorials we can or cannot have.
Thank You for any help and for running the Zundelsite.
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