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Supreme Court Decision Allows Memorial to Stand on Public Land

June 21st, 2019 by WCBC Radio

A World War I memorial in the shape of a 40-foot-tall cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important decision about the use of religious symbols in American life.  The justices, ruling 7-2 in favor of the cross’ backers, said preserving a long-standing religious monument is very different from allowing the building of a new one. The court concluded that the nearly 100-year-old memorial’s presence on a grassy highway median doesn’t violate the First Amendment’s establishment clause, which prohibits the government from favoring one religion over others. One of those who joined the fight to keep the cross early on was West Virginia’s Attorney General Patrick Morrisey who applauded Thursday’s decision…

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