The United States Supreme Court has just agreed to decide if a 40-foot cross honoring World War I Veterans on state property in Maryland violates the First Amendment.
There are thousands of crosses honoring fallen American soldiers on fields in foreign lands, and hundreds in this country, on public land, and those are the ones that could be affected by this case from Richmond’s Fourth Circuit Court.
“A three judge panel ruled last year that a cross implied unconstitutional government approval of a particular religion, and the full court let that stand,” said Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond.
Supporters argue the crosses are in the context of historical, not religious markers, but: “Many in America just do not understand how a cross could be a secular symbol.”
Past courts have been sharply divided.