Earlier this morning the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in an important decision about the use of religious symbols in American life. A World War I memorial in the shape of a 40-foot-tall cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland.
Today, justice was indeed achieved and our WWI veterans who went on to make some of the biggest contributions to the veteran community such as forming The American Legion whose logo appears on the cross, those veterans and the ones who didn’t make it home, they were remembered and honored. Lest we forget.
“The cross is undoubtedly a Christian symbol, but that fact should not blind us to everything else that the Bladensburg Cross has come to represent,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote.
“For some, that monument is a symbolic resting place for ancestors who never returned home. For others, it is a place for the community to gather and honor all veterans and their sacrifices to our Nation. For others still, it is a historical landmark. For many of these people, destroying or defacing the Cross that has stood undisturbed for nearly a century would not be neutral and would not further the ideals of respect and tolerance embodied in the First Amendment. For all these reasons, the Cross does not offend the Constitution,” he wrote.
For more coverage, check out the article by NPR, “Supreme Court: Cross Can Stand On Public Land In Separation Of Church And State Case.”