The city of Lake Elsinore seems unable to wean itself of its unconstitutional addiction to putting up religious displays. The most recent was over a 5-foot-tall plywood roadside cross erected on the side of Lake Street at the foot of the I-15 exit ramp. The Christian display was put up in 2012 in response to the traffic death of a local teen on the ramp. It was finally taken down by the city on March 4 after longstanding pressure from First Amendment groups. However, within a day of the original cross being removed, citizen vigilantes planted at least six new crosses on the same spot.
You may recall that Lake Elsinore
was recently sued for planning a taxpayer-funded memorial depicting a
soldier kneeling in prayer before a cross in front of the city baseball stadium. A U.S.
District Court judge ruled at the end of February that the memorial was unconstitutional, forcing the city to change its plans.