The Supreme Court ruled that the Bladensburg World War I Memorial Cross can remain on public land.
In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled that while the cross is a Christian symbol, the Bladensburg Cross has “special significance” as a war memorial. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.
This marks a huge victory for First Liberty Institute, the law firm that represented the American Legion in their fight against the American Humanist Association.
“This is a landmark victory for religious freedom. The days of illegitimately weaponizing the Establishment Clause and attacking religious symbols in public are over,” said Kelly Shackelford, president of First Liberty. “Our Founders would have been appalled at this attempt to make the government hostile to our religious heritage, history, and symbols. The attempted perversion of our Constitution is now over, and every American now has more freedom than they have had in decades, with a government no longer hostile to people or expressions of faith.”