Protesters Take State to Court to Remove it
12-24-16, Forty foot cross in Bladensburg Maryland was erected in 1925 with funds raised by families and the now dissolved Snyder-Farmer Post of the American Legion, the "Peace Cross" was created to memorialize men from Prince George’s County who died in World War I. It was designed and constructed by local stone carver and artisan John Joseph Earley, using his unique method of creating colorful precast concrete aggregate panels. The Legion symbol is emblazoned on the cross, as are the words “courage,” “valor,” “devotion” and “endurance.”
A plaque on the bottom lists 49 names and has a quote from President Woodrow Wilson: “The right is more precious than the peace; we shall fight for the things we have always carried nearest our hearts; to such a task we dedicate ourselves.”
But but it sits on government owned land on a median in the center of a highway intersection! So in 2014, the American Humanist Association [AHA], which promotes humanity without religion, protesters want it moved arguing that it violated the First Amendment. Fred Edwards a staff member of the AHA said, “It wasn’t the symbol itself that bothered me. It was its placement. That location broadcast loud and clear that maybe a person of my humanist outlook wasn’t welcome or considered equal.” To court we go! More here:
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