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Written by Don Byrd   
Monday, 12 November 2012

After years of court battles, including a Supreme Court ruling, approving Congress' transfer of land to private control, a memorial cross is back atop the Mojave National Preserve. AP notes that the ruling is part of a trend allowing public displays of religious memorials.

The decision was the latest on the issue by a Supreme Court that has signaled a greater willingness to allow religious symbols on public land amid a number of legal challenges in recent years by civil liberty activists and atheists.

Weeks after the 2010 court decision, the cross — which had been covered up to comply with court injunctions — was stolen. The stolen cross turned up earlier this month in the San Francisco Bay area tied to a fence post. The San Mateo County Sheriff's Department plans to return the cross.

But veterans decided to start fresh and dedicate its replacement in Sunday's ceremony, which included speeches, the Pledge of Allegiance and a bugler playing taps.

The disturbing trend is less about courts allowing religious symbols - rulings have been mixed on that score - and more about making it harder and harder for Americans to challenge such displays in the first place. The legal standing to bring suit challenging the constitutionality of religious monuments has been under fire the last several years. That is the dangerous trend in religious display cases.

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