The U.S. Supreme Court just delivered a bombshell notice, and it will affect the nation for generations to come. It finally happened.
In a huge 7-2 decision, the court destroyed the American Humanist Association’s (AHA) claim that a nearly 100-year-old memorial cross honoring World War I veterans violates the Constitution and should be torn down.
Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito, appointed by former President George W. Bush, said that the cross doesn’t conflict with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment in any way.
Alito said that the monument “has expressed the community’s grief at the loss of the young men who perished, its thanks for their sacrifice, and its dedication to the ideals for which they fought.”
He then noted that “its removal or radical alteration at this date would be seen by many not as a neutral act but … a hostility towards religion that has no place in our Establishment Clause tradition.”
One of the decenters was none other than Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She said that the cross, which sits in a traffic median and is maintained with public funds, “elevates Christianity over other faiths, and religion over nonreligion.”
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