BACKGROUND: 2/26/15 – Why We Sued Bladensburg, MD Over a 40-Foot Cross
When the government erects an exclusively Christian monument on government property, it violates this central command of the Establishment Clause by sending a clear message that Christianity is the preferred religion over all others. When the religious monument is dedicated to fallen soldiers, it sends an even more egregious message that only Christian soldiers are worth memorializing. Non-Christian soldiers such as atheists and humanists are inherently excluded.
Such is the case with a cross in Bladensburg, Maryland, commonly known as the “Peace Cross,” which stands forty-feet high on a government-owned median between roadways. In addition to the obvious sectarian nature of the Latin cross, the Bladensburg cross was also erected with religious motives. Read more
LEGAL DOCUMENTS FILED MAY 5, 2015 IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF MARYLAND GREENBELT DIVISION:
CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE AND READ PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION AND MEMORANDUM FILED BY THE AMERICAN HUMANIST ASSOCIATION