High Court Says Mojave Cross in Calif. Can Remain

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday the Mojave cross in California can stay, rejecting a church-state challenge.

In a 5-4 decision, conservative justices said that federal judges in California crossed the line in ordering the removal of a congressionally endorsed war memorial cross from its longtime home.

The eight-foot cross was placed in the Mojave National Preserve in 1934 by World War I veterans in memory of fallen soldiers.

CBN News spoke with Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice for reaction to the ruling.  Click play for his comments.

"Here one Latin cross in the desert evokes far more than religion. It evokes thousands of small crosses in foreign fields marking the graves of Americans who fell in battles, battles whose tragedies are compounded if the fallen are forgotten," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote.

The high court said federal judges in California did not give proper consideration to the government's decision to transfer the land, located in a remote area of California, to private ownership.

That decision was made to eliminate any constitutional concern about a religious symbol on public land.

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