Mount Soledad Memorial Association v. Trunk
Status: On June 25, 2012 the Supreme Court denied certiorari returning the case to district court.
The ACLU Foundation, through its Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, and the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties filed suit in federal court in the Southern District of California in August 2006, to contest the federal government's display of a 43-foot Latin cross atop Mt. Soledad in San Diego. The ACLU represents the Jewish War Veterans of the United States and several local residents who argue that the government’s display violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The ACLU is a strong defender of the right of religious organizations and individuals to express their religious beliefs in public [link to www.aclu.org/defendingreligion]. The ACLU is opposed, however, to the government sponsoring, endorsing, promoting, or financing religious symbols. The government has no right or authority to decide whose religious symbols should be promoted and whose should be ignored.
In 2011, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that the government's display of the Mt. Soledad cross war memorial is unconstitutional.