Monday, June 03, 2013

Suit Challenges City's Planned Veterans' Memorial Depicting Religious Symbols

The American Humanist Association announced last week that it has filed a federal court lawsuit challenging Lake Elsinore, California's creation and funding of a memorial to veterans at the city-owned baseball stadium. The approved design for the memorial-- which has not yet been fully installed-- depicts a soldier kneeling before a Christian cross. In the background are several more crosses and a Star of David. The complaint (full text) in American Humanist Association v. City of Lake Elsinore, (CD CA, filed 5/31/2013), alleges violations of the federal  Establishment Clause as well as Article 1, Section 4 and Article 16, Section 5 of the California Constitution.