By Gregory Tomlin, Christian Examiner
BALTIMORE (Christian Examiner) – The U.S. District Court in Maryland, in a decision almost certainly to be appealed by secular humanists, has ruled that a cross-shaped war monument on public land can remain.
On Nov. 30, the district court rejected the claim of the American Humanist Association that the cross on public land – funded by the American Legion in honor of Prince George’s County residents who died in World War I – represented any establishment of religion or the preference of Christianity over other religions.
The court said in its ruling that while the construction of a Latin cross can be for a religious purpose, it can “also be motivated by ‘the sea of crosses’ marking graves of American servicemen who died overseas. The Monument’s secular commemorative purpose is reinforced by the plaque, the American Legion’s seal, and the words ‘valor,’ ‘endurance,’ ‘courage,’ and ‘devotion’ written on it. None of these features any religious reference.”
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