The BL News—U.S. Supreme Court says cross-shaped war memorial is constitutional

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The BL News—U.S. Supreme Court says cross-shaped war memorial is constitutional

So there’s this cross-shaped war memorial erected on public land in Bladensburg, Maryland, just outside of Washington DC. It’s been there for nearly 100 years and serves as a memorial to those in the neighborhood who died in World War 1. In 2014 a lawsuit was filed challenging the cross as a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Establishment Clause, which prohibits the government from establishing an official religion and bars governmental actions favoring one religion over another.

Part of the lawsuit says the cross should be moved to private property or modified into a nonreligious monument such as a slab or obelisk. The Supreme Court Wednesday ruled that the Cross is constitutional and Maryland officials say the cross, sometimes called the "Peace Cross," doesn't violate the Constitution because it has a secular purpose and meaning.

Reuters said The cross has the backing of President Donald Trump’s administration. The American Legion holds memorial events at the site. Veterans and their relatives say the monument has no religious meaning despite being in the shape of a cross, calling the lawsuit misguided and hurtful. A decision in the case is expected by the end of June.

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