crossAn atheist group has filed a lawsuit against a Maryland government agency over the placement of a 40-foot cross on government property. The American Humanist Association filed suit Tuesday in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland against the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which oversees the property in Bladensburg, where the cross is located. In addition to the AHA, named plaintiffs include two AHA members who live in the area and a third resident from nearby Beltsville. “This action challenges the constitutionality of the defendant’s ownership, maintenance and prominent display on public property of a massive Christian cross (the ‘Bladensburg cross’) as a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S.Constitution, as applied to Maryland by the Fourteenth Amendment,” reads the suit in part. More