The Supreme Court ruled that the Bladensburg World War I Memorial Cross can remain on public land.
It is a major ruling in the fight to save American traditions and values from the hands of secularists — a war I document in my upcoming book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a Nation.”
In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled that while the cross is a Christian symbol, the Bladensburg Cross has “special significance” as a war memorial. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.
This marks a huge victory for First Liberty Institute, the law firm that represented the American Legion in their fight against the American Humanist Association.
“This is a landmark victory for religious freedom. The days of illegitimately weaponizing the Establishment Clause and attacking religious symbols in public are over,” said Kelly Shackelford, president of First Liberty. “Our Founders would have been appalled at this attempt to make the government hostile to our religious heritage, history, and symbols. The attempted perversion of our Constitution is now over, and every American now has more freedom than they have had in decades, with a government no longer hostile to people or expressions of faith.”
Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the majority, said removing the historic cross would been seen as hostility toward religion.
“The Religion Clauses of the Constitution aim to foster a society in which people of all beliefs can live together harmoniously, and the presence of the Bladensburg Cross on the land where it has stood for so many years is fully consistent with that aim,” Alito wrote.
The Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial is a cross-shaped memorial erected in 1925 by local Gold-Star mothers and a local post of The American Legion to honor 49 Prince George’s County men who gave their lives while serving in WWI. The Gold-Star mothers who designed the memorial in 1919 chose a cross shape to recall the cross-shaped grave markers standing over the countless American graves on the Western Front of that war. One mother referred to the memorial as her son’s “grave stone.”
The original lawsuit was filed in 2012 by the American Humanist Association. They said the presence of the memorial on public property amounted to a government establishment of religion.