May 11, 2010

Budda-Slayers of the Mojave

Just two weeks after winning protection from the Supreme Court, the simple Mojave Desert Memorial Cross was stolen in the night:

The 7-foot-tall metal cross in a 75-year-old war memorial that withstood the heat of the Mojave Desert and a blazing battle in the Supreme Court over its legality was ripped down and stolen Sunday night, according to federal officials.

"This is an outrage, akin to desecrating people's graves," said Kelly Shackelford, president of the Liberty Institute, which represents the caretakers of the Mojave Desert War Memorial. "It's a disgraceful attack on the selfless sacrifice of our veterans. We will not rest until this memorial is re-installed."

The National Park Service says someone cut the metal bolts holding the metal-pipe cross to the top of the memorial's Sunrise Rock and made off with it Sunday night or before dawn on Monday.

Authorities had no immediate motive for the theft but National Park Service officials are considering a range of ideas from scrap metal scavengers to people "with an interest in the case," said Park Service spokeswoman Linda Slater.

Let's be very frank: no thief would trudge to the cross' remote location to remove a vessel of metal filled with concrete that has little or no scrap value. The cross was removed by an individual or group that dimly thinks the cross represents a religious argument instead of of a moment in time where the dead of war were honored with such symbols as a sign of respect and remembrance.

The theft of the Mojave Desert Memorial Cross is a vengeful act committed by small minds that can only grasp their present anger and self-righteous rage. They lack empathy and respect for their fellow citizens who valued the cross as a respectful memorial, lack respect for our laws and system of justice, and are too dim to grasp the historical context of such a symbol.

Another cross will go up if this one is not recovered, and perhaps it will be erected in such a way to make it more difficult to desecrate.

That saddest part of this crime is that those simpletons that removed the Mojave Desert Memorial Cross probably think of themselves as enlightened and progressive in some way. The stark reality is that they harbor the same tolerance, intellectual heft, and sensitivity as the Taliban.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at May 11, 2010 03:26 PM

Shouting down those you disagree with and now stealing a cross that was put up to honor the fallen warriors of WWI. These are hallmarks of the left in this country.
Who are they kidding with their nonsense, they are anti-civilization, barbarians who don't care who they hurt or destroy.

What needs to be done is for a new cross, ten times as high to be built to replace the stolen one. If someone were to create a fund to do that I would contribute.

Posted by: NevadaDailySteve at May 11, 2010 04:32 PM

As long as you build-in a function where, if someone tampers with it, it falls on and crushes the perp, I'm all-in on the donations.

Posted by: ECM at May 11, 2010 06:02 PM

I nominate as a suspect the wacky California atheist Newdow. He's so obsessive on the issue I wouldn't be surprised if he was involved somehow.

Posted by: Brad at May 12, 2010 03:49 AM

Folks, these are our betters. They know what is best for us, and since they lost the court battle over removing the cross, they settled for the court of last resort. They removed the obscene thing that they know is totally wrong. But they did it for our own good. We just don't know what's good for us, so they will take care of that pesky little detail for us.

Posted by: TimothyJ at May 12, 2010 11:06 AM

Not surprised. Same thing keeps happening with the cross in the Methow Valley in Washington-- it's a simple cross with lights along it, on private property, and they go through a LOT of light bulbs because folks will go on and destroy them. Because being able to see a glowing cross is offensive, or something.

Posted by: Foxfier at May 12, 2010 02:53 PM