Supreme Court Rules that Bladensburg Cross Can Remain on Public Land

Bladensburg Cross

On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that the Bladensburg Peace Cross does not violate the First Amendment's Establishment Clause. The cross, which sits on public land outside of Washington D.C., was erected in 1925 as a tribute to area soldiers who had fallen in World War I. In 2012, nearby residents brought suit arguing that the cross represented the government's endorsement of religion. 

In the majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito stated that the cross "is undoubtedly a Christian symbol, but that fact should not blind us to everything else that the Bladensburg Cross has come to represent." He went on to say that "destroying or defacing the Cross that has stood undisturbed for nearly a century would not be neutral and would not further the ideals of respect and tolerance embodied in the First Amendment." 

The full opinion can be found on the Supreme Court website.

June 24, 2019 - 8:42am

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