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At one time or another, we are all guilty at looking at things on a superficial level.

In 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe burrowed below pro-slavery rationale in what has been called the most influential book in American history. Of her and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” Abraham Lincoln asked, ““So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that made this Great War?”

Many believe this one literary work led us directly into The Civil War. A civil conflict is profound by nature because it is fought by people with exceedingly common values. What could finally turn people who agree on most things into ardent enemies on a singular thing? Art that tears at the heart through the revelation of something that goes a little deeper.

Today, books have been primarily replaced by arts, entertainment, media and the internet. MovieGuide’s research indicates that by the time a child is 17 years old, he or she will have spent 51,820 to 60,200 hours using various media.

This all brings us to the Mt. Soledad Veterans Cross. Seventeen years ago, I visited San Diego only to find out that an imposing veterans cross was ordered down because the Mt. Soledad park sat on public property. A lone atheist considered it offensive and the controversy went on to be the longest-running court case of its kind in U.S. history. Some experts consider it the most important religious-freedom lawsuit in modern times.

As a writer, I went into Harriet Beecher Stowe-mode and authored a novel and movie script to highlight and dig into this case in a deeper manner. (You can order the book below.) I truly believe the blood that bought our freedom cries out for justice in this case that would save this cross that so perfectly illustrates their sacrifice. If you could survey every fallen American serviceman or servicewoman, they would be pained from this attack by the enemy within.

This movie will be their story, digging six feet down to get at the real reason we put crosses on graves and monuments.

Unlike books, however, movies cost hundreds of thousands if not millions to make. There is an urgency here that cannot be underestimated.

Will you, your local American Legion or VFW post, Knights of Columbus post, War Veterans group or other organization you belong to help get this movie made as soon as possible?

We’ve tried the courts. We put forth legislation in Congress. Now, it’s time to do what Harriet Beecher Stowe did. She bypassed all of these and went straight to the hearts of the people.

They responded. Will you?

 

TO GET INVOLVED IN MOVIE: CALL OUR HOTLINE AT 518-435-1250

TO SEE WEBSITE OR FACEBOOK: 

WEBSITE: mtsoledadmovie.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/mtsoledadmovie

SEE IWO JIMA VET DOUG BARNETT’S MOVING DEVOTION TO THE MT. SOLEDAD CROSS  SHORTLY BEFORE HIS RECENT DEATH:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx7W91dr5bs&feature=youtu.be

TO ORDER THE BOOK: keepcross.net or call 518-435-1250

BELOW: “THE LITTLE LADY,” HARRIET BEECHER STOWE AND THE MT. SOLEDAD CROSS WITH MY NIECES, LUCY AND MAGGIE AND NEPHEW PAUL, WITH IWO JIMA SURVIVOR DOUG BARNETT, WHOM IS PART OF MY COMPOSITE CHARACTER FOR THE LEAD IN MY MOVIE. 

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