Attorneys are confident a challenge to a Maryland memorial to military veterans will stand up to legal precedent on appeal.
In 2014 the American Humanist Association filed a federal lawsuit against the Bladensburg World War I memorial set up on state property to honor the 49 local soldiers of Prince Georges County who died in the war. The group's objection to the 90-year-old monument is that it is in the shape of a cross.
Attorney Roger Byron of Liberty Institute tells OneNewsNow that a federal judge in November ruled the monument constitutional. Evidently that wasn't the end of the battle.
"This same humanist group has appealed that decision to the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals," the attorney explains, "and they're going to ask this appeals court to find that the veterans' memorial is unconstitutional and demand that the monument be demolished, altered, or removed."
But as Byron explains, the WWI memorial isn't the only one in the immediate area.
"The Bladensburg memorial sits in an area known as Veterans Memorial Park that has memorials to the men of the Second World War, to Pearl Harbor, Korea, Vietnam, the War of 1812 – there was a large battle that Bladensburg fought there – and there are memorials to that as well as to the victims of September 11, 2001."
According to the attorney, the difference is the WWI monument is primarily a Christian cross – and humanists, he emphasizes, want Christian expression out of the public arena.
Byron says the law and court precedent support the Christian symbol, which is why he is reasonably confident of victory at the Fourth Circuit.