Fate of Public WWI Memorial Cross Lies with Supreme Court

Nov. 2, 2018, 8:46 PM

A public World War I memorial in Maryland featuring a 40-foot tall Latin cross has a chance to stay in place, after the U.S. Supreme Court granted review Nov. 2.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit below held that the cross, which was completed in 1925, violates the First Amendment’s establishment clause because it has the primary effect of endorsing the Christian religion, in last year’s Am. Humanist Ass’n v. Md.-Nat’l Capital Park & Planning Comm’n.

That decision would “jeopardize countless federal monuments” if it stands, 23 Republican senators and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) argue in ...

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