The Cross in the Doughnut Hole

Ronald A. Lindsay

The Supreme Court has decided to hear the case of Salazar v. Buono, an interesting church-state dispute—interesting in no small part because it may tell us much about the Obama administration’s approach to establishment-clause issues.

For most of the past seventy years, there has been an eight-foot cross set atop Sunrise Rock in the Mojave National Preserve, which is federally owned and administered parkland. (Crosses have been taken down and replaced several times during this period.) The cross is visible from a road about one hundred yards away.

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