Foundation Applauds Court Ruling on Cross
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MONTGOMERY: The Foundation for Moral Law applauded Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of a 40-foot Cross near Bladensburg, Maryland.
The cross was erected after World War I to honor American soldiers who died in that conflict. The American Humanist Association filed challenged the Cross as an unconstitutional Christian symbol. The Fourth Circuit ruled that the Cross had to be removed.
Justice Alito’s plurality opinion, reversing the Fourth Circuit, stated that the “removal or radical alteration [of the Cross] at this date would be seen by many not as a neutral act but as the manifestation of a hostility toward religion that has no place in our Establishment Clause traditions.”
Foundation President Kayla Moore noted that the Foundation had filed an amicus brief supporting the American Legion and the Cross. “Crosses are found throughout military cemeteries, and brave soldiers are awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross, and the Air Force Cross,” she explained. “The cross not only represents Christ’s sacrifice for us but is an integral part of our American heritage.”
Foundation Senior Counsel John Eidsmoe, who authored the brief, added: “We argued that the public display of the cross has deep roots in American history that precede. the Constitution. Nothing in the language or history of the First Amendment indicates any intent to change that tradition. We also noted the identification of the cross with military sacrifice. Removing the cross, we argued, would communicate a message of exclusion to believers. Much of the language of the plurality and concurring opinions parallels the arguments in our amicus brief.”