VICTORY! Federal Appeals Court Says Florida Cross Can Stay
The 78-year-old Bayview Cross in Pensacola, Florida has been saved from a bunch of angry atheists.
The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the World War II-era cross does not violate the U.S. Constitution and will remain standing.
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“The Supreme Court has now made clear that religious symbols are an important part of our nation’s history and culture,” said Luke Goodrich, vice president and senior counsel at Becket.
The court ruled the cross is constitutional noting it has become “embedded in the fabric of the Pensacola community” and that removing it could “strike many as aggressively hostile to religion.”
Their decision came after the Supreme Court’s decision in American Legion v. American Humanist Association, protecting a World War I memorial cross in Bladensburg, Maryland.
“Pensacola is a historic city with a rich and diverse history. The Bayview Cross is an important part of that history as a symbol of our community’s coming together during a national crisis,” said Pensacola Mayor Grover C. Robinson. “Today the citizens of Pensacola will celebrate our long-awaited victory and the preservation of the Bayview Cross.”