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Wednesday, October 07, 2009


"What? The one true faith doesn't represent Jewish war dead?"

The question of the meaning of a cross in the context of a war memorial did give rise to one heated exchange, between Justice Scalia and Peter J. Eliasberg, a lawyer for Mr. Buono with the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California.

Mr. Eliasberg said many Jewish war veterans would not wish to be honored by “the predominant symbol of Christianity,” one that “signifies that Jesus is the son of God and died to redeem mankind for our sins.”

Justice Scalia disagreed, saying, “The cross is the most common symbol of the resting place of the dead.”

“What would you have them erect?” Justice Scalia asked. “Some conglomerate of a cross, a Star of David and, you know, a Muslim half moon and star?”

Mr. Eliasberg said he had visited Jewish cemeteries. “There is never a cross on the tombstone of a Jew,” he said, to laughter in the courtroom.

Justice Scalia grew visibly angry. “I don’t think you can leap from that to the conclusion that the only war dead that that cross honors are the Christian war dead,” he said. “I think that’s an outrageous conclusion.”

1 comment :

Steven said...

FWIW, the folks that put up the cross originally probably never thought about there being Jews or Muslims or any other religion that might not equate the cross with a gravesite.

The country has moved forward since then (sort of) and we shouldn't accept this on public land. Deed the land to a veteran's group, make the point that religious symbols shouldn't be put up on public land, and let's move on to the real important stuff. Like whether stomping videos are constitutional!