Supreme Court Poised to Deal Christian Haters a Blow Over Giant Cross Case

Anti-Christian activists have been working for years to force the state of Maryland to tear down a giant WWI memorial because it is shaped like a Cross. But now it looks like the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to deal the religion haters a fatal blow on the memorial.

The memorial in question is called the Peace Cross, part of the Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial in Prince George’s County, Maryland. It has been there since 1919 when construction first began on the memorial.

It was originally commissioned by the American Legion and is meant to commemorate the 49 servicemen from the area who died in World War One. Bladensburg is about a half hour east of Washington D.C.

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Leftist Christian haters have been trying to sue the cross into oblivion for around 10 years, and finally the case has made it to the U.S. Supreme Court. According to the Washington Examiner, it looks like the haters are about to lose their final battle.

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A majority of Supreme Court justices appeared inclined to allow a nearly century-old, 40-foot Latin cross honoring 49 men who died in World War I to remain in place on public land as they questioned litigants contesting whether the memorial’s presence on public lands violates the separation of church and state.

While there was a mixture of questions that revealed how the justices were thinking, the prevailing feeling of court watchers is that the supremes will likely let the cross stay where it is but that their decision may not be a blanket for other such memorials or new memorials in the future.

A few of the questions:

In one exchange, Chief Justice John Roberts, who often sides with conservatives, questioned American Humanist Association attorney Monica Miller, who challenged the constitutionality of the cross, whether a Native American totem erected on property owned by the federal government would have to be taken down.

Then Ginsburg spoke:

Ginsburg, meanwhile, asked Neal Katyal, representing the Maryland commission that owns the monument, whether a cross-shaped memorial honoring those killed during a school shooting would be permissible.

Breyer was a bit worried:

Noting the uncertainty surrounding how a ruling from the Supreme Court could impact other cross-shaped memorials, Justice Stephen Breyer, who usually votes with the court’s liberal bloc, suggested the Peace Cross be allowed to stand, but future monuments of the same shape would not be allowed.

“What about saying past is past, if you go back 93 years, but no more?” Breyer asked.

The questions seem to point to a court approval of keeping the cross but that maybe there will be questions about others left unsettled.

Naturally the anti-Christian activists tried to cajole the justices into affording them sympathy by claiming they’ve gotten “death threats” for trying to destroy the memorial.

Yeah. So what?

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