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October 11, 2005

California Atheists narrowly protected from [gasp!] having to look at a cross

From Agape Press...

A San Diego Superior Court judge has let stand her August ruling that invalidated a July ballot initiative that would have transferred city land, a war memorial, and the historic cross in La Jolla to the U.S. Department of Interior. Judge Patricia Yim Cowett ruled the transfer as unconstitutional. In her 35-page position paper, Cowett made only a one sentence reference to the vote that was approved by 76 percent of San Diego voters.

The vote took place on July 26 after President Bush signed legislation in December authorizing transfer of the historic site to the federal government. Judge Cowett's decision is the latest in a long battle between the City of San Diego and a lawyer representing atheist Philip Paulson.

Both sides embroiled in the debate are not particularly surprised by the judge's action. However, on Friday during his regular weekday radio talk show, Roger Hedgecock indicated he is interested in seeing Judge Cowett recalled from her elected position as Superior Court judge....

Charles LiMandri, the attorney who wants to see the cross preserved in its present state, intends on filing an action to vacate so that he can privately appeal the decision. It is generally expected that San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre, elected in November 2004, will not allow the city to appeal the decision. He has privately expressed agreement with Judge Cowett's ruling.

It never ceases to amaze me the idiotic rationalizations these anti-Christian bigots will go through in order to try to censor any public mention or display of the Gospel message.

Posted by Danny Carlton at October 11, 2005 06:09 AM

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I have to say, even as an atheist myself, Mr. Paulson strikes me as an incurable curmudgeon.

it would be differnet if someone were trying to BUILD a cross with state funds, but removing one that's already there...? And a cultural icon no less?

Stupid and bad for the cause of Freedom from Religion.

- m.

Posted by: Sparky at October 13, 2005 11:12 AM

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