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Supreme Court to Rule on 40-Foot Cross in New Church-State Test

November 2, 2018

The Memorial Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Maryland.

By: Greg Stohr

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider giving government officials more leeway to maintain religious symbols on public property, accepting a case over a 40-foot cross in the middle of a busy intersection outside Washington.

The justices will review a federal appeals court’s conclusion that the Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Maryland, violates the Constitution by endorsing a particular religion. The monument was erected almost a century ago as a memorial to 49 local men who died in World War I.

The case will present an important early test for the newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh. The court will hear arguments next year, probably in late February, and rule by June.

The divided appeals court called the cross a “core symbol of Christianity.” If upheld, the ruling ultimately could require the memorial to be removed.

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To The American Legion:

As a grateful citizen, I support your effort to honor those who have fallen in battle and to keep the Bladensburg WWI Veterans Memorial standing as a visible reminder of valor, sacrifice, endurance, and devotion.

Veterans memorials like the one in Bladensburg, MD are symbols reminding us of the sacrifice of our service members and the cost of war. Tearing down the Bladensburg Memorial would erase the memory of the 49 fallen heroes of Prince George’s County—like they never even existed.

We cannot allow the Bladensburg Memorial to be bulldozed.

Please know that you have my support and backing in your petition to the U.S. Supreme Court.