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From Antonin Scalia, explaining why a cross at Mojave National Preserve isn’t really a specifically Christian symbol:

The cross is the most common symbol of the resting place of the dead.

For the record, I think court cases objecting to religious symbols on public property have gone way beyond the point of diminishing returns.  Basically, I don’t care anymore, and if it were up to me I’d leave the cross alone.

But it’s not up to me, and once these cases go to court they don’t deserve this kind of sophistry.  As Jonathan Kulick asks, “Does Justice Scalia actually not understand that the cross is, in the United States, the most common symbol of the resting place of the dead because most of those dead were Christians?”  Apparently not.

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