Yes, this is mentioned in another thread op. But this one deserves a thread of it’s own.
4th circuit said this cross was a violation of 1st amendment (Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof) because it was a religious symbal.
Supreme court 7 - 0 did what appears to be a very narrow rulling that it may be a symbal, but at the time it was a universal one and has been there long enough to be a part of the community, and removal would be likened to hostility toward a religion.
“For nearly a century, the Bladensburg Cross has expressed the community’s grief at the loss of the young men who perished, its thanks for their sacrifice, and its dedication to the ideals for which they fought,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the court’s opinion.
“It has become a prominent community landmark, and its removal or radical alteration at this date would be seen by many not as a neutral act but as the manifestation of ‘a hostility toward religion that has no place in our Establishment Clause traditions,’”
This part seem’s to be a telling sign of – if it’s been there a long time, don’t even try and get it removed.
The 7-2 majority on Thursday cited the structure’s historical nature in its narrowly drawn decision, saying the Latin cross design reflected the nationwide trend at the time it was erected to honor war dead with community monuments.
Good ruling by the Court, as the 7-2 shows it crossed over to the liberal side agreeing for the most part as well.