Two Weeks After SCOTUS Ruling, Mojave Cross Torn Down By Vandals

A few weeks ago, a divided Supreme Court ruled that it was acceptable to display a cross on public land to honor fallen soldiers in a case involving a monument on display in the federal Mojave National Preserve.

Sometime over the weekend, the cross was reportedly torn down

The 76-year-old Mojave Cross war memorial in San Bernardino County’s High Desert has been torn down by vandals, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the religious symbol could remain — at least temporarily — on public land.

Sometime Sunday night, the cross was taken down from its perch atop Sunrise Rock in the Mojave National Preserve, according to Liberty Institute, a group that represented veterans groups and caretakers of the cross in the recent Supreme Court Case.

“This is an outrage, akin to desecrating people’s graves,” said institute president Kelly Shackelford. “It’s a disgraceful attack on the selfless sacrifice of our veterans. We will not rest until this memorial is re-installed.”

Liberty Institute is offering an undisclosed reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the removal of VFW property.