In a fractured church-state opinion with no majority consensus, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a federal law that preserved a Christian cross memorial to World War I veterans on federal land in the Mojave Desert. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the lead opinion that the cross wasn't meant "to promote a Christian message," but "simply to honor our nation's fallen soldiers." In dissent, retiring Justice John Paul Stevens said the government can't lawfully memorialize veterans by endorsing "a starkly sectarian message."
Divided High Court Lets Mojave Cross Memorial Stand
The National Law Journal
April 29, 2010