The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the memorial to the Peace Memorial of public land outside Washington could stand, ruling in resolution 7-2 that it did not violate the Constitution.
Prince George County, Maryland and the American Humanitarian Association brought the court to overthrow the cross, but the court has determined that factors including the history of the memorial support the notion that it is not religious in nature. expresses the grief of the community about the loss of young men who have died, their gratitude for their sacrifice and their dedication to the ideals they have fought for, "Judge Samuel Alito wrote. "It has become a remarkable landmark of the community and its abolition or radical change on that date will be perceived by many not as a neutral act but as a manifestation of" hostility towards religion that has no place in our tradition of creating clauses . , "He continued, citing Judge Bryer's agreement in the 2005 Van Orden v Perry judgment.
The court's decision quashed the Fourth Regional Appellate Court, which ruled that the cross was unconstitutional.
The majority on Thursday cite the historical character of the structure in its narrowly accepted solution, saying that the Latin cross reflects the national trend at the time it was erected in honor of the war with community monuments.
sits at a junction in the suburb of Washington, in honor of 49 local soldiers from World War I who died in a battle abroad.
His adherents, including the Trump administration, say he was created to honor these heroes and is secular. Opponents called it an inadmissible overlap of the church and the state, as it was controlled and taken care of by the Committee of the Parks of Maryland.
Bill Mears of Fox News contributed to this report.