The Supreme Court just ruled that the Bladensburg Peace Cross, a cross-shaped WWI memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland, does not violate the Constitution’s establishment clause.
It will remain standing and in the care of the government.
The vote was 7-2 for the Peace Cross to stay with Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg as the lone dissenters:
The courts ruling says that the cross represents ‘sacrifice’ and that’s why he can stay put. The 40-foot Peace Cross is a 94-year-old memorial to honor 49 men who fought and died in WWI.
Pete Williams described the decision in-depth:
US Supreme Court says huge concrete cross can stay on public land; rejects claim that its presence is an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion. https://t.co/Yi3hU1DhVs pic.twitter.com/Lcckn3Gtp2
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 20, 2019
A Humanist organization brought the case against the cross and won in a lower court. This reverses the lower court’s decision.