A coalition of atheists that lost a fight against a cross-shaped memorial in Prince George’s County, Maryland, to 49 World War I soldiers still demands that the site be demolished. The American Legion is defending the 40-foot-tall cross at the intersection of Maryland Route 450 and U.S. Route 1 in Bladensburg as an honor to the soldiers.
To destroy it would be to “exhibit a hostility toward religion that has no place in our Establishment Clause tradition,” contends a new brief filed with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by First Liberty Institute on behalf of the legion and others. The case centers on the Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial, which has been a target of the American Human Association and others for several years because of its shape: a Latin cross. FULL REPORT