The first editorial, entitled, "Crossing the Line," condemns the Mt. Soledad Cross war memorial in San Diego as "a 43-foot-tall constitutional violation," "an extremely visible symbol of one religion" [guess which one; but the editorial never uses the word "Christianity"] and "an unacceptable establishment of religion on public land."
The second editorial (click on this post's title) sanitizes witchcraft by calling it "the Wiccan faith, which is a nature-based religion often confused with [s]atanism." It then demands, in the name of "religious freedom," that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from now on add the "Wiccan pentacle, a five-pointed star within a circle," to the list of symbols it allows on commemorative plaques for deceased veterans -- in this case, for Nevada National Guardsman Sgt. Patrick D. Stewart, "a Wiccan" who died in action in Afghanistan.
This is liberalism in a nutshell: "Religious freedom" is fine when it is misapplied for a demonic ANTI-religion, but bad when it is applied for the True Religion, Catholicism.
Somehow, I do not expect to open the Times anytime soon and see an op-ed in defense of the Catholic Faith and true religious freedom by Cardinal Mahony and the rest of the California bishops in reply to these anti-Christian editorials. That is exactly what we need, though, from the shepherds who by virtue of their office are pledged to defend us.
Let us pray for mercy for the soul of Sgt. Patrick D. Stewart, who gave his life for his country.