Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Riverside City Approves Funding for Religious War Memorial

Proposed Lake Elsinore Veterans' MemorialA proposed taxpayer-built veterans memorial that has caused controversy since its design was unveiled will be built at Diamond Stadium with a depiction of a Christian cross, the Lake Elsinore City Council decided unanimously, 5-0, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.

The memorial is to consist of a large tablet with an image of a soldier kneeling before a Christian cross beneath a depiction of a bald eagle. News reports indicate that the city may add a Star of David emblem as well.

The city council approved the memorial despite letters of opposition from the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, explaining how the monuments ignores soldiers who are not Christians (or Jews), and the legal action arm of the American Humanist Association, explaining that the memorial would be unconstitutional.