Freethought Today · Vol. 28 No. 10 December 2011

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

FFRF scrutinizes Camp Pendleton cross

An unauthorized Latin cross suddenly appearing at Camp Pendleton in California must come down, FFRF said in a Nov. 28 letter to Commanding Officer Col. Nicholas Marano. A military chaplain and several other people erected the cross Nov. 11 on a hill in the Camp Horno area.

“No court of final resort has ever upheld the government’s permanent display of a Latin cross on public land as constitutional,” wrote FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor, who added that “the Latin cross stands for Christianity and the overall display promotes Christianity.”

The cross “conveys the message to the 24% of the U.S. population who are not Christians that they are not ‘favored members of the political community,’” noted Gaylor.
Up to 23.4% of military personnel identified as atheist, agnostic or have no religious preference, according to a 2010 Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers study.

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