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A Concrete Cross Survives the Bulldozer

A Concrete Cross Survives the Bulldozer
A 40-foot cross that honors 49 fallen World War I soldiers from Prince George’s County stands at the busy intersection of Bladensberg and Annapolis roads and Baltimore Avenue February 28, 2019, in Bladensburg, Maryland. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By with Michael R. Shannon
Saturday, 22 June 2019 09:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Back in November of last year we wrote about the Maryland Peace Cross that atheists wanted knocked to pieces. Original column is here.

As we explained, in 1925, almost 100 years ago, the American legion and local businesses in Bladensburg, Maryland, raised enough money to erect a ‘Peace Cross’ to honor the 49 area soldiers that were killed in World War I. The 40-foot-tall cross stands at the intersection of three roads. At the base the inscription reads: Dedicated to 49 WWI Heroes.

American Humanist Association — which would more accurately be termed the American Hateful Association — filed a federal lawsuit claiming the cross, according to Redstate, “violates the First Amendment’s separation of church and state.”

The AHA also claims the cross “discriminates against patriotic soldiers who are not Christian, sending a callous message to non-Christians that Christians are worthy of veneration while they may as well be forgotten.”

Our hope was the Supreme Court would see reason and leave the cross intact. Thereby rejecting this brazen attempt to impose the lack of belief of pagans on a public space funded by Christians.

The good news is that’s exactly what the Court did.

In an encouraging 7 to 2 vote the Supreme Court ruled the Peace Cross could continue to peacefully guard the graves of 49 World War I Maryland dead.

In the majority opinion Justice Samuel Alito wrote the Peace Cross did not violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution: “The Religion Clauses of the Constitution aim to foster a society in which people of all beliefs can live together harmoniously, and the presence of the Bladensburg Cross on the land where it has stood for so many years is fully consistent with that aim.”

The case had more riding on it than a single war memorial. As the Washington Examiner points out, “The American Legion, which originally owned the monument, asked the Supreme Court to review the 4th Circuit’s ruling in June. The Peace Cross, the veterans group argued, is solely a war memorial and has only been regarded by the community as such."

“The state of Maryland and 30 others, as well as members of Congress and the Trump administration, backed the American Legion in the case. They feared that if the 4th Circuit’s ruling was left in place, similar cross-shaped memorials around the country would be in jeopardy, including two World War I memorials in Arlington National Cemetery.”

This is a rather conclusive cloudburst on the atheist’s parade.

Now the AHA has a choice, as we pointed out earlier. If their motive wasn’t sheer vindictiveness, members could raise funds for their own monument from pagans and devil-worshipers. We would imagine that would be easier than persuading families to have their dead soldiers associated with such a vile project, but that’s not our problem.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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Back in November of last year we wrote about the Maryland Peace Cross that atheists wanted knocked to pieces. Original column is here.
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