Thieves Steal Mojave Desert Memorial Cross in Nighttime Heist

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    Thieves Steal Mojave Desert Memorial Cross in Nighttime Heist

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    The 7-foot-tall metal cross in a 75-year-old war memorial that withstood the heat of the Mojave Desert and a blazing battle in the Supreme Court over its legality was ripped down and stolen Sunday night, according to federal officials.

    "This is an outrage, akin to desecrating people's graves," said Kelly Shackelford, president of the Liberty Institute, which represents the caretakers of the Mojave Desert War Memorial. "It's a disgraceful attack on the selfless sacrifice of our veterans. We will not rest until this memorial is re-installed."

    The National Park Service says someone cut the metal bolts holding the metal-pipe cross to the top of the memorial's Sunrise Rock and made off with it Sunday night or before dawn on Monday.

    Authorities had no immediate motive for the theft but National Park Service officials are considering a range of ideas from scrap metal scavengers to people "with an interest in the case," said Park Service spokeswoman Linda Slater.

    Veterans groups were outraged by the theft.

    "The American Legion expects whoever is responsible for this vile act to be brought to justice," said Clarence Hill, the group's national commander. "While the memorial has been attacked, the fight will continue to ensure that veterans memorials will remain sacrosanct."

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars first placed a cross on the rock in 1934 to honor troops who died in World War I. The cross that stood at the memorial until this week was erected at a later date.

    "To think anyone can rationalize the desecration of a war memorial is sickening, and for them to believe they won't be apprehended is very nave," said VFW National Commander Thomas J. Tradewell Sr.

    The 75-year-old monument was the target of a legal challenge from the ACLU, which charged the cross is a religious symbol that shouldn't be allowed on public land. The U.S. Supreme Court last month refused to order that it be torn down in a 5-4 decision.

    The Liberty Institute is now offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the case, and the National Park Service has established a tip hotline seeking information leading to the recovery of the cross. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Park Service at (760) 252-6120.

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    That just poked the bear BIG TIME!!!!

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    I'm getting really tired of people that seem to forget it was the military Vet that gave so they could enjoy the liberties they have today
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    war memorial cross

    Well, the saga continues.. the cross that has stood as a memorial to the fallen since WW1, that the Supreme Court just ruled was legal to stand in the national park was torn down and stolen or destroyed last night.
    Will the attacks never end? The end of my rope is approaching ..fast
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    Two thoughts...

    Sore losers, or more likely as happened here a few nights back there were a bunch of brass plaques stolen from a Vietnam memorial path, thief's had no respect for the dead but will very likely sell them for scrap, and that in these times is happing more and more.... People break into homes of the elderly when they are gone not to take their old junk but to strip the house of copper pipes, wiring, and aluminum sideing.....
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    Boy, gonna take a while to get all those crosses down from Arlington. The unintended consequence of forcing no crosses on public land would be having to replace a lot that stand over our fallen soldiers all over the world. It would be nice if folks would start looking a bit farther into the issue than just what their fragile ego wants.

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    It's about not letting the Gov force a religion or no religion on the public. But what about a Christian soldier buried in a national cemetery? It makes it tough to coordinate the establishment clause with the free exercise clause. Some things are better left alone.
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    Absolutly Disgraceful!
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    War Memorial Cross Stolen

    The war memorial cross that was the subject of a recent SCOTUS ruling has been stolen. The small cross was erected in about 1934 as a memorial to those soldiers who died in WWI.

    I hope that members of a veterans group catches the scumbags who stole this cross and chains them to a tower in the desert.


    FOXNews.com - Thieves Steal Mojave Desert Memorial Cross in Nighttime Heist

    The 7-foot-tall metal cross in a 75-year-old war memorial that withstood the heat of the Mojave Desert and a blazing battle in the Supreme Court over its legality was ripped down and stolen Sunday night, according to federal officials.

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    It definitely takes a "low life" to do something like this. I also hope they are caught. Some in the liberal media have chalked it up to a "protest" of the SCOTUS ruling. I'm getting a bit sick of the liberal media...SIGH!!!!!
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    I would investigate the so called ACLU, they were the ones who couldn't stand it's presence.
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    Is there any one currentlly putting up a new cross? Do they need donations?
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    Quote Originally Posted by automatic slim View Post
    I would investigate the so called ACLU, they were the ones who couldn't stand it's presence.
    You got that right bud, they couldn't get rid of it via legal means so what is the next logical step? Send the jack booted thugs out to make it dissappear.

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