Supreme Court Will Take Case to Decide Fate of Giant Cross in Maryland

This World War I memorial cross in Bladensburg, Md., is the subject of a case that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear. Last year, a federal appeals court found the cross violated the First Amendment.

This World War I memorial cross in Bladensburg, Md., is the subject of a case that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear. Last year, a federal appeals court found the cross violated the First Amendment. PHOTO: ALGERINA PERNA/ASSOCIATED PRESS

by Warner Todd Huston  |   Eagle Rising

A giant Christian cross has stood in Maryland since 1925, but now, anti-American, religion haters are trying to force the state to tear the memorial down. Now the U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will take the case to decide if the religion haters win.

The cross was erected in 1923 in Bladensburg, Maryland, and is called the Peace Cross. It was created in memory of those lost during World War One.

According to the city:

Known also as “Peace Cross.” The Snyder-Farmer Post of the American Legion of Hyattsville erected the forty foot cross of cement and marble to recall the forty-nine men of Prince George’s County who died in World War I. The cross was dedicated on July 13, 1925, by the American Legion. A bronze tablet at the base of the monument contains the unforgettable words of Woodrow Wilson: “The right is more precious than the peace; we shall fight for the things we have always carried nearest our hearts; to such a task we dedicate ourselves.” At the base of the monument are the words, “Valor, Endurance, Courage, Devotion.” At its heart, the cross bears a great gold star.

Since 2012, left-wingers have been agitating to destroy the hundred-year-old cross. In 2012, the American Humanist Association filed a suit in federal court claiming that a cross on public land violates the Establishment Cause of the U.S. Constitution.

Fox News’ Todd Starnes reports:

The American Legion, represented by First Liberty Institute and Jones Day, is asking the Justices to reverse a lower court decision that could lead to the destruction of the cherished memorial.

“There are some who want to erase the memory of the service and sacrifice of these 49 fallen servicemen of Prince George’s County,” First Liberty Institute president Kelly Shackelford said. “If this monument is bulldozed to the ground, it’s only a matter of time before the wrecking ball turns on Arlington National Cemetery and the thousands of memorials like this one across the country.”

Michael Carvin, lead counsel for The American Legion, pointed out the memorial honors the ultimate sacrifice the local men made for the nation.

According to the Associated Press, the highest court in the land is now set to hear the case:

A federal appeals court in Virginia had previously ruled against the approximately four-story-tall cross. The judges said that it “has the primary effect of endorsing religion and excessively entangles the government in religion.”

But the Maryland officials who maintain the memorial told the Supreme Court that the monument’s context and history show it is intended to convey a secular message of remembrance, not a religious message.

They said the appeals court’s decision would “compel the removal or dismemberment of a cherished war memorial that has served as a site of solemn commemoration and civic unity for nearly a century.”

In urging the high court to take the case, officials argued that the lower court’s decision puts at risk hundreds of other monuments nationwide

The city claims the cross in no way “forces” religion on anyone. We will now see if the Supreme Court agrees.

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