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Don’t Tear Down War Memorial Cross, States Tell Supreme Court

Dec. 26, 2018, 7:27 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court should allow a cross-shaped World War I memorial outside the nation’s capital to stand despite objections that it violates the First Amendment, a coalition comprised of mostly Republican state officials say.

In a filing this week in one of the court’s higher profile cases so far this term, the group stressed the vital role that memorials play in honoring war dead.

Led by West Virginia, the officials worry about the “vast ramifications” of the decision for future challenges to hundreds of similar monuments.

They want the court to “make clear that war memorials incorporating religious imagery ...

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