To SCOTUS, Atheists Appear Short on Reason v. Veterans’ Memorial Cross

A veterans' memorial located in Bladensburg, Maryland, the target of atheists wanting it destroyed or defaced, appears to be on the way to a favorable decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Attorneys representing the American Legion, which erected the cross shortly after World War I, believes the justices may also clarify a criteria called the Lemon test, so there is less confusion in federal courts and fewer complaints against religious monuments. (Liberty Institute photo)

Christian Headlines – The U.S. Supreme Court seemed poised during oral arguments Wednesday to let a 93-year-old war memorial cross stand, although it remains uncertain how far the justices will go in their legal reasoning.

At issue is a 40-foot cross-shaped World War I memorial on public property in Bladensburg, Md., that was erected in 1925 but has been targeted in the courts by atheist groups who say it violates the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition on government establishment of religion.

Wednesday’s hearing was the first major church-state case before a new bloc of conservative justices that includes President Trump’s two nominees, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.

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