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Veterans Speak out against Atheist Group's Attempt to Remove Cross Memorial Ahead of SCOTUS Ruling

Carly Hoilman : Nov 13, 2018 : Faithwire.com

...The defendants maintain that the monument was erected for the purpose of honoring the brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice. Its primary message, they argue, is patriotic, not religious.

[Faithwire.com] An atheist group's attempt to remove a cross-shaped World War I monument in Maryland has garnered backlash from service members who view the case as an attack on American values and those who have died defending them. (Image source: Brad Bell-Twitter/via Faithwire)

The nearly 100-year-old Peace Cross, constructed between 1919 and 1925, faces potential demolition, pending a ruling from the Supreme Court, The Daily Signal reported.

The controversy began in 2014, when the American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit to have the public memorial honoring 49 men from Prince George's County, Maryland, who died serving in World War I, removed.

According to the secular group, taxpayer-funded government maintenance of the cross-shaped monument violates the First Amendment by promoting the religion of Christianity.

A lower court initially ruled against the American Humanist Association, siding with the Park and Planning Commission and the American Legion, America's largest veterans service association, which originally funded the monument. But in 2017, a three-judge panel of the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals determined in a 2-1 decision that the structure was unconstitutional... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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