World War Won! Cross Stays, Judge Rules

Barb Wire

Good news on religious liberty isn’t exactly easy to come by these days. But that certainly makes victories like yesterday’s sweeter! For months, the American Humanist Society had been fighting to tear down a 90-year old World War I memorial in Maryland. Liberty Institute, which is no stranger to cross cases, went to bat for the display on behalf of the American Legion.

And thanks to a decision by U.S. District Judge Deborah Chasanow, religious freedom won! In a rare moment of clarity on the bench, the court ruled in a 36-page opinion that the Peace Cross (as it’s called) may be religious, but that doesn’t make it illegal. Chasanow admitted that the cross was a Christian symbol but explained that its “primary purpose was not religious in nature.” Instead, she wrote, “There is overwhelming evidence in the record showing that the predominant purpose of the monument was for secular commemoration.”

Protecting the Bladensburg monument, Liberty’s Kelly Shackelford celebrated, “helps ensure that all of America’s veterans’ memorials — and the veterans they honor — will be protected.” And that’s exactly the kind of freedom these soldiers died fighting for.

*** This Thursday, December 3rd, FRC welcomes back an old friend, Dr. David Prentice, for a special policy lecture: “Malevolence or Benevolence? Fetal Tissue Research, Planned Parenthood’s abortions, and Embryonic Stem Cell Research.” The impact of this summer’s Planned Parenthood undercover video scandal continues to reverberate in the halls of Congress and, thanks to pro-life groups, into our daily lives through clever marketing and social media. The ethics and even the concept of fetal tissue research had not even entered the mind of ordinary Americans until the Center for Medical Progress broke the story. Join FRC and Dr. Prentice at noon as he explains the danger of reducing human dignity to a utilitarian calculus of “the greater good.” For more information or to register, click here.

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Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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