ADL Slams SCOTUS Decision to Allow WWI Memorial Cross to Stay on Public Land

ADL Director Jonathan Greenblatt wrote in a statement:

We are alarmed that the Supreme Court has allowed a 40-foot memorial cross to remain on government property in Maryland. As Justice Ginsburg wrote in dissent, ‘the principal symbol of Christianity around the world should not look over public thoroughfares, suggesting official recognition of that religion’s paramountcy.’

This decision unfortunately undermines well-established precedents safeguarding the separation of church and state. While religious symbols like this cross and other war memorials maintained on public land may be ‘rooted in history and tradition’ and not perceived as coercive, that should not be the determining principle as to whether they are constitutional. And the Court’s effort to distinguish between crosses that have been in place for a long time and ones that might be erected on government property in the future fails to address the serious concern we have about the message of religious endorsement any such cross or other religious display conveys. . . .

ADL Director Jonathan Greenblatt wrote in a statement:

We are alarmed that the Supreme Court has allowed a 40-foot memorial cross to remain on government property in Maryland. As Justice Ginsburg wrote in dissent, ‘the principal symbol of Christianity around the world should not look over public thoroughfares, suggesting official recognition of that religion’s paramountcy.’

This decision unfortunately undermines well-established precedents safeguarding the separation of church and state. While religious symbols like this cross and other war memorials maintained on public land may be ‘rooted in history and tradition’ and not perceived as coercive, that should not be the determining principle as to whether they are constitutional. And the Court’s effort to distinguish between crosses that have been in place for a long time and ones that might be erected on government property in the future fails to address the serious concern we have about the message of religious endorsement any such cross or other religious display conveys.

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