Foundation defends military cross memorial from atheist legal attack

MONTGOMERY – The Foundation for Moral Law, an Alabama nonprofit corporation dedicated to the defense of religious liberty and the right to publicly acknowledge God, filed an amicus brief Thursday supporting the Bladensburg Cross, a memorial to military personnel in Bladensburg, Maryland.

The American Legion erected the cross in 1925 to honor local soldiers who gave their lives in World War I. The American Humanist Association challenged the monument as an establishment of religion in violation of the First Amendment. A federal district court dismissed the lawsuit, but the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the monument was unconstitutional. The case is now up for review before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Foundation has a filed a brief supporting the petition for review.

Foundation President Kayla Moore said concerning the case: “This nation was founded on the ‘laws of nature and of nature’s God,’ to use the words of the Declaration of Independence. The First Amendment was enacted to prevent the establishment of an official state church, but our Founders never intended to prevent the public acknowledgement of God.”

Foundation Senior Counsel John Eidsmoe added: “Like Count Dracula, the plaintiffs seem to recoil at the sight of the cross. But the cross has always had a special meaning for the military. Crosses abound in military cemeteries, and except for the Medal of Honor the highest awards given in the military are the Distinguished Service Cross (Army) and the Air Force Cross, Navy Cross (Navy and Marines), and Coast Guard Cross. As General MacArthur said in his Farewell Address at West Point: “The soldier, above all other men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training — sacrifice.” It is entirely fitting that this sacrifice should be recognized with the Bladensburg Cross

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