To the editor:
Mr. Nowlin’s letter of May 2, accusing the Supreme Court of judicial activism, is incorrect. The Supreme Court ruled on the intent of the Constitution. In the first 150 years of our nation, the separation of church and state was cited only two times in court cases. Since 1947 and the Everson v. Board of Education, the separation idiom has been cited unceasingly. As a result of Everson, lower courts began striking down religious activities and expressions which had been constitutional for 150 years.
The cross in question was erected in 1934 as a World War I memorial. It hadn’t been a problem with anyone for 67 years. Then a park employee, Buono, files a lawsuit, with the aid of the ACLU. It is revealed shortly thereafter that Buono lied and his accusations are unfounded. The ACLU continued with the case and, thank God, was defeated. Yes, I said thank God.
Tolerance in our society seems to be reserved for those that are not Christian. I can cite case after case where Christianity is oppressed but space does not allow. We have come to the point in our culture where we have to include everything that is not Christian or we must exclude Christianity. As a final thought: This letter, on certain campuses across our country, would be considered hate speech.