A federal judge ordered the removal of the Mt. Soledad cross, which is right up the street from where I grew up in sunny San Diego. It’s been a controversial issue for the past 20 years or so, because other similar crosses were taken down from other hillsides due to the imposition of religion on sensitive atheists. I’m not really sure whether I care too much one way or the other, although I suppose I could understand if it might be offensive to some people to have a large white cross looming over their homes. A lot of people feel some kind of attachment to the cross simply because it’s been there so long. A lot of Christian people are horrified, of course, because they are horrified by everything, especially the forceful removal of their religious icons (isn’t idolatry a sin?). Personally, I think they should replace it with a large statue of a full-figured nude woman, a curvaceous alabaster fertility goddess. I think that would be pretty cool to look up from the flat beach of La Jolla Shores and see gigantic pendulous breasts casting a shadow from the mountain above. I think it would help keep people more focused on the things that really matter in life. A cross signifies an instrument of painful, barbaric, torturous death applied to criminals during the Roman times, for Christ’s sake! Do we really need to be reminded of how cruel humanity is when we can just flip on the news or drive down the street for such reminders?
Why don’t they just plant a banyan tree there?
Really, all that the Mt. Soledad cross occupies in most young people’s minds such as mine is as a nice spot, with a view, to go park your car late at night and make out in the back seat. Most of us young folk could care less whether there’s a cross there or a statue of Bacchus.