U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Argument Over Bladensburg Veterans Memorial

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments over the Bladensburg WWI Veterans Memorial, likely bringing a landmark issue over public displays of faith to the high court.

The memorial in Maryland is a cross-shaped memorial erected in 1925 by local Gold Star mothers and a local post of The American Legion to honor 49 Prince George’s County men who died in the war.

The American Humanist Association says “the massive Christian cross on government property” violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with that legal argument in 2017 and again most recently in March 2018.

Attorneys at First Liberty Institute intervened in the case on behalf of The American Legion, whose seal is displayed at the memorial’s center.

First Liberty maintains the cross-shaped memorial is not unconstitutional, but a ruling against it brings into question memorials all over the country, including ones at Arlington National Cemetery.

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SOURCE: One News Now, Chris Woodward

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