Press Release: UCSD Students Take on the Mt. Soledad Cross Debate on UCSD-TV (6/2006)

UCSD Students Take on the Mt. Soledad Cross Debate on UCSD-TV

Civil liberties attorney Jim McElroy and cross advocate Teresa Mendoza present arguments

LA JOLLA, CA – The UCSD-TV program “Separating Church & State: The Mt. Soledad Cross Debate,” goes beyond the headlines and soundbites surrounding the ongoing Mt. Soledad cross story and joins a group of UCSD students as they evaluate arguments presented by cross critic and civil liberties attorney Jim McElroy and Teresa Mendoza, a Christian rights attorney who favors keeping the cross on Mt. Soledad. The program premieres Monday, July 3 at 8 p.m. on UCSD-TV and repeats throughout the month.

Though a federal court recently ordered the City of San Diego to remove the controversial cross, the city has refused to comply. During this one-hour program, UCSD students enrolled in the communications class “Culture Wars: The Evolution Debate” visit the Mt. Soledad National War Memorial in La Jolla, listen to the cases presented by McElroy, Mendoza and fellow students, and then decide for themselves whether the landmark cross violates the constitutionally mandated separation of church and state.

UCSD Communications Professor Ariana Hernandez-Reguant developed this class to encourage students to become critical thinkers and carefully examine all arguments before coming to conclusions.

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