Supreme Court Weighs Constitutionality of Peace Cross

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, which challenges the constitutionality of the Bladensburg, Md., Peace Cross erected by the American Legion in 1925 to honor the memories of 49 brave World War I soldiers.

Those who oppose the cross claim it is a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment clause, but as Alexandra McPhee, director of Religious Freedom Advocacy at Family Research Council, pointed out, “All of America’s increasingly diverse religious communities will lose out if the Constitution is reinterpreted to prohibit any government recognition or accommodation of religion. The Peace Cross, religious implications and all, should be allowed to stand.”

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