Supreme Court rules giant cross to veterans on public land is not gov't endorsement of religion

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a huge concrete cross can stay on public land in suburban Washington, D.C., rejecting a claim that its presence is an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion.

The court, reversing a lower court, said such monuments are essentially historic, not religious, a ruling that potentially extended protection to hundreds of similar tributes nationwide.
The decision was a victory for defenders of the Peace Cross, a 40-foot-tall structure that has stood for more than 90 years in Bladensburg, Maryland. It was built with private funds to honor 49 servicemen from the region who died in World War I. A state parks commission took it over in 1961 to provide for its maintenance, and it now sits in the middle of a busy traffic interchange.
"Passive displays generally fall on the permissible side of that line, because they typically do not compel religious belief," it said.

Thursday's ruling adds to the muddle of past Supreme Court decisions on the acceptability of public displays or expressions of religious faith. Supreme Court rules giant cross to veterans on public land is not gov't endorsement of religion
This ruling will stop the removal of this cross and many more. The idea of dishonoring this memorial was horrible. Good ruling


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