Friday, January 14, 2011

Legislation Introduced To Permit Religious Symbols In U.S. Military Memorials

A press release issued Tuesday by Congressman Duncan Hunter announced that he and two other California members of Congress have introduced the War Memorial Protection Act (HR 290). The bill comes in the wake of a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling holding that the Mt. Soledad veterans' memorial cross violates the Establishment Clause. (See prior posting.) The bill provides:
To recognize the religious background of members of the United States Armed Forces, religious symbols may be included as part of--
(1) a military memorial that is established or acquired by the United States Government; or
(2) a military memorial that is not established by the United States Government, but for which the American Battle Monuments Commission cooperated in the establishment of the memorial.
Stripes Central reports on the bill.