A huge Christian cross is an inappropriate government war memorial at a Marine base in Hawaii, according to a federal judge who says a non-religious monument would be more suitable.
U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan ruled Tuesday that the 65-foot wooden cross that is lit each night at Camp H.M. Smith in the Honolulu suburbs on Oahu must be removed or replaced by a secular symbol.The judge said the cross amounts to an unconstitutional endorsement of religion by the government. The cross was challenged by the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.
"The 65-foot lighted cross on Bor-delon Field at Camp Smith may fairly be considered to convey a message of governmental endorsement of Christianity," Hogan said. "The use of a cross as a memorial to fallen or missing servicemen is a use of what to some is a religious symbol where a non-religious one likely would have done as well."