Here, one Latin cross in the desert evokes far more than religion. It evokes thousands of small crosses in foreign fields making the graves of Americans who fell in battles, battles whose tragedies are compounded if the fallen are forgotten.
One Latin cross in the desert does evoke far more than religion. It evokes the blinders Justice Kennedy and the four others (all, not coincidentally, Catholics) don’t even know they have. It evokes the presumption of those in a majority religion that all soldiers’ graves need crosses. It evokes the faulty logic that if this one big cross in the desert is removed, all the soldiers whose graves do have crosses will therefore be forgotten.
The whole case came about because the Park Service wouldn’t allow a Buddhist soldiers’ memorial on the site. It seems to me you either take the cross down, or allow all of the 41 “emblems of belief” permitted for use on government graves by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Including this:
and even this (you have to guess what the “A” stands for):