The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week on the fate of the “Peace Cross,” a World War I memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland that some say violates the First Amendment’s establishment clause. The case could impact memorials nationwide.
The Supreme Court will decide on the fate of the Peace Cross memorial.
Roy Speckhardt of the American Humanist Association claims that for years the Peace Cross memorial has been a discrimination that exists. The cross is located on government land, about one mile northeast of Washington D.C. at Baltimore Avenue and Bladensburg Road in Bladensburg, Maryland.
The US Court of Appeals of the 4th Circuit ruled that the size and the location of the cross amounts to a government endorsement of Christianity.
Relatives of soldier listed on the memorial say the memorial represents a remembrance of the men whose names are on the memorial, not a Christian monument. They say the monument resembled the cross-shaped grave markers for fallen American soldiers overseas.
Speckhardt wants a neutral memorial put in its place.
Jeremy Dys of First Liberty Institute more memorials may have to be lowered if the 4th Circuit ruling is upheld by the Supreme Court.
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