IN THE MILITARY
We unfortunately are now to the point where explosive devices are being placed next to crosses.
This weekend, someone detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) next to the Coos Bay Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The memorial, which sits in a public park in Coos Bay, Oregon, and includes a cross, recently became a target of the ACLU and the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which demanded the cross be removed because it violates the so-called “separation of church and state.”
The city retained Liberty Institute to conduct an investigation and make a report and recommendation regarding the constitutionality of the memorial, which was presented to the City Council in executive session in May.
Around that time, someone vandalized the memorial, drawing a perforation line at the base of the memorial’s cross with the word “cut” written above it and an arrow pointing to the line. The word “remove” was written in the middle of the cross.
Now, an opponent of the memorial escalated things to a new level.
The memorial sits next to a children’s playground area. Fortunately, in this case, no one was hurt, and the memorial only suffered superficial damage. But, what will happen next? How far will the hostility go?
As we have said many times before, the attacks on religious freedom are increasing at an unprecedented rate. This incident in Coos Bay is a frightening example of just how far the opposition will go to eliminate any trace of religion from public view.
Liberty Institute will not be intimidated. We will not back down when it comes to honoring the First Amendment, and we will continue to assist the City of Coos Bay in any way we can.
But, we need your help. At a time when so much is on the line, your support has never been more crucial. Please consider a gift today to help support our legal efforts to honor those who gave their lives for their nation. Help us defend veterans memorials throughout the country and protect the rights of those who gave so much for our freedoms. If even one of these memorials is required to be torn down, where will it end?
About Liberty Institute
Liberty Institute is a nonprofit legal group dedicated to defending and restoring religious liberty across America — in our schools, for our churches and throughout the public arena. Liberty’s vision is to reestablish religious liberty in accordance with the principles of our nation’s Founders. For information, visit www.LibertyInstitute.org.