Take That, Supreme Court: Mojave Desert Cross Stolen

Theft follows Court ruling that cross can stay put
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2010 7:24 AM CDT
This undated photo shows the memorial known as the "Mojave Cross"on an outcrop known as Sunrise Rock in the Mojave National Preserve, in Calif.    (AP Photo/Liberty Legal Institute, Henry and Wanda Sandoz)
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(Newser) – Somebody unhappy with the high court appears to have taken the law into their own hands by making off with the controversial 7-foot-tall cross that the Court recently ruled could remain on display in the Mojave Desert. The cross, a memorial to soldiers who died in World War I, vanished on Sunday from the Mojave National Preserve, the Los Angeles Times reports.

And it couldn't have been easy: Made of concrete-filled steel pipes and bolted directly to rock, the cross "would be extremely heavy to move," a park official said. A park official represented by the ACLU sued to have the cross removed because it stood on public land and represented only one religion, an argument the Supreme Court rejected in a 5-4 decision last month. A veterans' group is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the cross thief.

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