[quote="Coatimundi, post:13, topic:347999"]
I haven't been closely following this long-running (more than 20 years of litigation) controversy. My understanding is that the original ruling was that the cross constituted government endorsement of a particular religion. The preferential treatment of Christianity is what violated the California constitution.
I can't evaluate that, but I do know the Mt. Soledad case is complex. How the various facts are interpreted, and weighed against one another, is what makes it issue so difficult.
You have a point - but in my view (I'm an attorney) the constitution should be interpreted as the framers intended. They didn't want the government establishing a religion, as the Moslem states and Israel do today, and as many European states did in the days when our constitution was written.
The job of the Justices is to interpret our constitution, but many of them have taken this much too far. If the founders of our nation wanted a complete separation of church and state, they would have stated just that. :)