Judge Halts Installation of ‘Religious’ Veterans Monument Following Atheist Complaint

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timthumbLAKE ELSINORE, Ca. – A federal judge has blocked the installation of a veterans memorial at a public stadium in California after an atheist organization sued over its belief that the display would violate the Constitution. Last November, the city council of Lake Elsinore unanimously approved the creation of the monument, which was to be erected in Diamond Stadium. The 5-0 vote followed a public hearing where over 100 residents attended to voice their opinion, mainly in support of the monument. However, the 6-foot granite display was met with disapproval by atheist groups and others who asserted that one aspect of its design went too far. The monument, which declares, “In honor of our brave men and women who by their service give life to our most precious gift — freedom,” also depicts a soldier kneeling before a row of cemetery markers in the shape of a cross. A star of David is also featured on the display…

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