Legal, but Gone
So, the Mojave Desert cross honoring American servicemen and -women has been stolen:
A cross erected on a remote Mojave Desert outcropping to honor American war dead has been stolen less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed it to remain standing while a legal battle continued over its presence on federal land.
Versions of the memorial have been vandalized repeatedly in the last 75 years and the motive this time was not immediately known, but the theft was condemned Tuesday by veterans groups that support the cross and by civil libertarians that saw it as a violation of the constitutional separation of church and state.
Among the generic suspects mentioned by National Park Service spokeswoman Linda Slater are “metal scavengers.” It seems like a long way to go for metal, unless there was gold beneath the white paint.