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4th Circuit rules that Peace Cross amounts to state sponsorship of religion


Posted: 10/25/17

A three judge panel for the 4th Circuit court of Appeals rules that the Peace Cross located in Bladensburg, Maryland amounts to a state sponsorship of religion.  Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory in his dissenting opinion which begins on page 34 concludes that allowing the Peace Cross to stand does not violate the establishment clause.


This Memorial stands in witness to the VALOR, ENDURANCE, COURAGE, and
DEVOTION of the forty-nine residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland "who lost
their lives in the Great War for the liberty of the world." I cannot agree that a monument
so conceived and dedicated and that bears such witness violates the letter or spirit of the
very Constitution these heroes died to defend. Accordingly, I would affirm the district
court’s judgment. ref

No doubt, this will be appealed to the Supreme Court.

Last Updated: 11/14/17

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