EDITORIAL: The Peace Cross stays; justice prevails

Upholding the right of a local community to determine its own remembrances is always a good thing in our book."

 

Kudos to the President George W. Bush Supreme Court for its ruling in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association.

As a result, The Peace Cross will remain in place in Bladensburg, Maryland. Development has grown up around it, but the city has installed other war memorials around it, to highlight the cross’s significance in honoring the dead of World War I, “the war to end all war”.

Some people offended by a publicly-financed cross filed a lawsuit to have it removed. After a rocky path, the cross has survived, based on an opinion of the highest court in the land. This is the issue and important court dates:

In October 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that publicly funded maintenance of the cross was unconstitutional because it ‘excessively entangles the government in religion because the cross is the core symbol of Christianity and breaches the wall separating church and state.’ The court remanded the issue of what will happen to the cross to the district court.

“On November 2, 2018, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the case. The Court heard oral arguments on February 27, 2019.

“On June 20, 2019 the Supreme Court, in the case of The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, ruled in favor of keeping the Peace Cross on public land, by the reason that it does not violate The Establishment Clause of the US Constitution.” - Source: Wikipedia

Good for The Supreme Court, on which 3 of the 9 justices were appointed by President Bush (2 each by Presidents Clinton, Obama and Trump). Upholding the right of a local community to determine its own remembrances is always a good thing in our book.

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