It sits on a modest hill along the Southern California coast. The hill, modest by even California coastal range standards, stands only 822 feet high. Situated between California Freeway 5, the main north-south California corridor, and the Pacific Ocean, Mt Soledad has been an irritant to atheists who decided to become offended about a cross that stands atop the mount.
The cross was built in 1913 as the town of La Jolla's gratitude to a creator who had blessed them with beautiful weather and the great natural beauty of the southern California coast. It was simply a modest wooden cross that stood for half a century without controversy. But, as more and more atheists traversed highway 5, en route to a wild weekend in a Navy town, or bound for Tijuana for one of those notorious "girl and donkey" shows, they became more and more irritated by this brazen display of Christianity. So they took their complaints to the only place atheists ever win; to the American courts. They claim it is an affront to have a religious symbol on government land.
Those who support the cross atop Mt. Soledad tried everything to appease the angry atheists. As early as 1954 they established the site at the cross as a memorial to our military. A newer and more permanent cross was erected. And those who are offended by a cross became even angrier and the case worked its way deeper into the courts.
Seeing that the liberal California state courts would side with the atheists, the land was ceded to the federal government in hopes that they would preserve and protect a memorial dedicated to those who fought and sacrificed for their country. And for awhile, under a conservative administration, it looked like the cross might be preserved.
Alas, the ultra liberal U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals out of San Francisco decided that the cross was an affront to atheists who believe religion is for the ignorant and the cross but a unpleasant reminder of such ignorance. They ordered the cross be removed to spare atheists forced to look at it as they motored down Freeway 5.
Supporters of the cross tried one last desperate maneuver to save it. They offered to buy the land the memorial stands on from the federal government. However, the Obama administration has stated they will not entertain offers from a 'favored party' interested in preserving the cross.
Sadly, today, two weeks before Christmas, a federal judge has ruled that the Mt Soledad cross must be removed within 90 days lest it offend the eyes of the nonbelievers.
Airline pilots say they use the landmark of Mt Soledad to guide them into their descent into the San Diego area. Others, not offended by a cross, have found the landmark to be uplifting, a landmark to their own spirituality. Alas, the cross is now in its last days…..and so is our once marvelous country.