Millions of Americans have grown increasingly concerned about the erasure of our history. What started with mere condemnation of the confederate flag has grown into full blown destruction of our civil war monuments, and now, World War I monuments.
The monument at the center of this controversy is located near Washington D.C., the heart of our nation. Erected in 1925 by the American Legion, this 40 foot tall “Peace Cross” is meant to honor the 49 men from Prince George’s County who died fighting in World War I.
Apparently however, liberal Judge Stephanie D. Thacker disagrees. She found the World War I memorial unconstitutional, claiming it is a violation of the First Amendment and an endorsement of religion. Unsurprisingly, she was appointed by Barack Obama in 2011.
Unfortunately, Thacker wasn’t the only one who felt this way. In a landmark 2-1 decision, a panel of the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the cross breaches the separation of church and state, and has ordered for it to be taken down. The Washington Free Beacon reports:
A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that a nearly century-old, 40-foot cross honoring World War I veterans is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.
In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., found the cross in Bladensburg, Md. “breaches” the wall in separation of church and state, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The American Humanist Association sued the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the agency that owns the title to the property, in 2014. The association argued the cross violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, which bars the government from making any law “respecting an establishment of religion.”
The concrete Celtic cross, locally referred to as the “Peace Cross,” was erected in 1925 by the American Legion and stands on a pedestal on a highway medium about a half-hour drive from Washington, D.C. It honors 49 men from Prince George’s County who died in World War I.
Judge Stephanie D. Thacker analyzed a question the Constitution asks about what a “reasonable objective observer” would think when passing the memorial. Thacker wrote the majority opinion for the three-person judge panel and concluded an observer of the cross would perceive it as an endorsement of the Christian faith.
Hiram Sasser, a co-defendant in the litigation and lawyer for the First Liberty Institute, has said that he may end up taking this to the Supreme Court. “It would be shameful for our nation to tear down a veterans memorial almost a hundred years after it was put up,” Sasser said.
Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas also chimed in, noting that the decision was exactly what’s wrong with the far left judges in this country. “A century-old cross honoring WWI vets is unconstitutional? This is what’s wrong with radical, left-wing judges!”
A century-old cross honoring WWI vets is unconstitutional? This is what's wrong with radical, left-wing judges! https://t.co/Ng7HYM76VB
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) October 19, 2017
As the left has progressively torn away at the Judeo-Christian foundations of America, many have urged President Trump to exercise his powers and appoint more conservative judges who will support an America first agenda. What do you think?