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Challenged by Atheists, Cross-Shaped Memorials' Fate in SCOTUS' Hands

Challenged by Atheists, Cross-Shaped Memorials' Fate in SCOTUS' Hands
The Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Md. (Algerina Perna/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

By    |   Sunday, 23 September 2018 09:22 AM

As the United States is marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, a cross-shaped memorial faces its fate in a Supreme Court ruling which could come as soon as Monday, according to The Washington Post.

The Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Maryland, honoring 49 local heroes who gave their lives in WWI has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court for being a "government endorsement of religion," a fight brought on by atheists, according to the report.

In the ruling, which has been challenged to the Supreme Court, the Maryland state commission maintaining the cross was ordered to remove, reshape, or reassign its ownership, the Post reported.

"I'm shocked they would even think about that," Alvergia E. Guyton, 84, a niece of one of those honored, told the Post. "It's been there all my life

"It's history, and people can't see it when they start tearing it down. You’re robbing the next generation. Sometimes I think I'm too old-fashioned."

The Supreme Court ruling will then potentially impact many other memorials, including those in Arlington National Cemetery and small town squares across the country.

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As the United States is marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, a cross-shaped memorial faces its fate in a Supreme Court ruling which could come as soon as Monday, according to The Washington Post.
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