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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case surrounding a World War I veterans memorial that had been challenged by the American Humanist Association as being unconstitutional.
The nation’s highest court announced on Friday that it had accepted an appeal in the case of The American Legion et al. v. American Humanist Association et al., which potentially could save the Maryland monument from being torn down. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled last year that the military tribute crosses the line into government endorsement of Christianity.
As previously reported, the Bladensburg memorial, also known as the “peace cross,” was erected in 1925 by The American Legion to honor the lives of 49 men from Prince George County who died during the war.
The cross stands 40 feet tall in Memorial Park, and also features a plaque that reads, “The right is more precious than the peace; we shall fight for the things we have always carried nearest our hearts; to such a task we dedicate ourselves.” The site is mainly used by The American Legion for Memorial Day and Veterans Day celebrations.
In 2014, the American Humanist Association (AHA) sued the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission over the presence of the cross, alleging that it violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
“When the government erects an exclusively Christian monument on government property, it violates this central command of the Establishment Clause by sending a clear
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