The Huffington Post reported on Thursday that a Latin cross-shaped monument in Maryland, a historic piece that was built almost a century ago in memory of fallen warriors of World War I, has been deemed unconstitutional. Apparently, the historic war monument is an endorsement of religion, according to the federal appeals court.
In a 2-1 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit decided that a cross displayed on a publicly owned suburban Washington roadside was a means for the government to endorse a particular religion. The monument, they say, is unconstitutional because it entangles government and religion. Religious liberty, according to the perception of these particular judges, means that Christianity must be effectively removed from the public arena.
“The Latin cross is the core symbol of Christianity,” Judge Stephanie D. Thacker wrote. “And here, it is 40 feet tall; prominently displayed in the center of one of the busiest intersections in Prince George’s County, Maryland; and maintained with thousands of dollars in government funds. Therefore, we hold that the purported war memorial breaches the ‘wall of separation between Church and State.’”
Defenders of the monument, built in 1925 to honor 49 men from the area who lost their lives in the war, was constitutional. On the monument, there is no mention of the government endorsing Christianity, but rather words like "courage" and "devotion" and "endurance." Many argued that the monument is a mere historical landmark, and one that the fallen soldiers would have loved, rather than an overt public endorsement of a particular religion by the government.
According to Fox News, the American Humanist Association, a group that believes people should "be good without God," was the group who first filed the lawsuit alleging that the monument was unconstitutional and should be demolished.
On Wednesday, the court agreed with the American Humanist Association because the monument was formed in the shape of a cross. Many defenders of the monument are consequently furious.
“This memorial has stood in honor of local veterans for almost 100 years and is lawful under the First Amendment,” Jones Day attorney Michael Carvin said. “To remove it would be a tremendous dishonor to the local men who gave their lives during The Great War.”
Fox News writes that the removal of this monument marks the success of a militant group of atheists. In particular, a militant group of atheists and agnostics, who want to abolish Christianity in the public sphere, were able to convince the local court that the Constitution requires that Christianity becomes abolished from any public prominence.
In particular, a militant group of atheists and agnostics, who want to abolish Christianity in the public sphere, were able to convince the local court that the Constitution requires that Christianity is abolished from having any public prominence. Now is the time, writes Fox, for people of faith to stand together to challenge the effort of the secular culture to privatize Christianity.
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