Can evangelicals live with high court's broadened symbolism of the cross?

Court allows cross but secularizes it
Many evangelicals cheered when the Supreme Court ruling allowed a cross to remain as a war memorial in California’s Mojave Desert. However, some Christians, including some in the evangelical camp, caution that a celebration may not be in order.

The high court’s decision on April 28 was based largely on Justice Anthony Kennedy’s determination that “one Latin cross in the desert evokes far more than religion.” Rather, he said, it “evokes thousands of small crosses in foreign fields marking the graves of Americans who fell in battles.”

In other words, the cross is more than a Christian symbol. That line of thinking is, at best, “a mixed blessing,” said Carl Esbeck, a professor at University of Missouri’s law school.


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