Federal appeals court finds cross monument unconstitutional

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [court website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Wednesday that a 90-year-old cross shaped monument in Maryland violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment [JURIST report]. The monument, erected in 1925 to honor 49 Prince George’s County men who died during World War I, was challenged [complaint, PDF] by the American Humanist Association [advocacy website] in February 2014. A federal judge ruled [JURIST report] in 2015 that the presence and use of the…

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