Title

Interpreting the Bladensburg Cross Case

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

First Things - Web Exclusives

Publication Date

6-24-2019

Abstract

(Excerpt)

Last week, the Supreme Court decided the much-awaited Bladensburg Cross case, American Legion v. American Humanist Association. The case presented a constitutional challenge to a war memorial on public property in Bladensburg, Maryland—a 32-foot-high Latin cross erected 90 years ago to commemorate county residents who had died in World War I. In 2017, a federal appeals court ruled that the cross violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause under the so-called “endorsement test.” A reasonable observer, the appeals court held, would view the cross as an impermissible state endorsement of Christianity.

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