nearvideo fight cross-shaped World war I memorial in Maryland, could impact on hundreds of monuments across the country
The Supreme court hears oral arguments next week on whether the world war I, Bladensburg, Maryland, memorial, also known as the “peace cross,” or to be demolished should survive what could be a landmark First Amendment case could impact memorials around the country
In the year of 2014, atheists filed a lawsuit, the memorial design violates the First Amendment, is the “offensive” and should be changed, moved, or destroyed. The 4. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the cross violated the establishment clause in the Constitution that prohibits the government establishing a religion.
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First Liberty Institute and Jones Day, together, representatives of The American Legion against the American Humanist Association in the monumental “Church and state” the case will be scheduled for February 27.
From left to Right: Medal of Honor recipient and Navy lists, on the Bladensburg world war II Veterans Memorial, Captain Henry Lewis; the Bladensburg world war II Veterans Memorial; African-American soldier, Private John Henry Seaburn, Jr., honored by the Bladensburg world war II Veterans Memorial.
“The Supreme court should have chosen the honor of-way Gold-Star-mothers, to remember the service and sacrifice of their sons who died in defence of our freedom,” said Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of First Liberty. “If this grave stone is flattened to the ground, it is only a matter of time until the wrecking ball turns on the Arlington National Cemetery, and the hundreds of memorials like this all over the country.”
But the plaintiff in the case, Fred Edwords of the American Humanist Association, told Fox News that they want it demolished, to the honor of all Americans.
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“We feel and we realize that a 40-Meter-high Latin cross on government land shows clearly that only Christian soldiers are excellent,” said Edwords. “All the veterans were not Christians. All veterans belong to Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, all of them.”
The cross, completed in 1925, was erected in memory of the 49 local men who died in world war I. A plaque on the cross’ base lists the names of the soldiers, and the two faces of the cross a circle with the symbol of the American Legion, the veterans organization that helped to collect money to build it.
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The memorial is located about five miles from the Supreme Court.
The Form of the “peace cross,” the you care for falls into this category, which was selected as a means to carry a similarity with the cross-shaped grave stones used for soldiers buried in American cemeteries overseas, supporters said.
FILE – In this 7. May 2014, file photo, the World war I memorial cross is depicted, in Bladensburg, Maryland.
(Algerina Perna /The Baltimore Sun via AP, file)
In its merits brief to the Supreme court, lawyers with the First freedom, and Jones Day argue that the so-called “lemon” or “approval” should give up his test, and replaced by a more historically in-depth test that protects religious freedom by preventing oppression and compulsion of religious exercise.
In addition to the legal arguments submitted by the First freedom, the freedom of religion group included the results of a nationwide survey by George Barna of the meta-formation, Inc. the found in a nationally representative survey of 1,000 adults, 84 percent of respondents believed that the Bladensburg WWI veterans-monument should be allowed to. Only 2 percent of the country supports the demolition.
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An amicus letter submitted by West Virginia and 29 other States, said the Supreme Court should be reversed call the lower court for its destruction. As its place in our national tradition and the wider cultural context, Bladensburg, both the service members of the honor monument, it was built to honor, and the constitutional ideal, including the First Amendment – they died to defend.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.