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Cross Dispute

A California Congressman is asking President Bush to prevent a San Diego cross from being removed by a court order.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter and Mayor Jerry Sanders want the president to exercise his power of eminent domain and take control of the site atop Mount Soledad.

The cross was raised in 1954 in memorial of Korean War veterans.

A federal judge last week ordered San Diego to take down the cross within 90 days or be fined $5,000 a day.

Atheist Philip Paulson first filed suit against the cross's placement in 1989.

The city has tried to sell the property to a private buyer, but federal courts have blocked the deals.

A federal judge first issued an injunction against the cross in 1991, ruling it violated the constitutional separation of church and state.

Hunter says he has not heard back from the president.


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