A peace cross in Maryland is facing the wrath of the American
Humanist Association, but not without defense.
"We've got a World War I cross, a veterans' memorial
that was put up in the 1920s to honor 49 men who lost their lives
in World War I," Jeff Mateer of Liberty
Institute details about the history of the 40-foot cross in
Bladensburg. "A group out of D.C., the American Humanists, [is]
demanding that the state of Maryland tear down the cross that stood
there for 87 years."
The same area where the cross is displayed also features
memorials to World War II, Korea, Vietnam and 9/11. So a small
group of atheists, according to the attorney, appears to be trying
to use "a hecklers' veto" to attack the majority.
Liberty Institute represents the American Legion.
"These veterans, the veterans from the American Legion, are
committed to making sure that this memorial stands and that it
continues to honor the selfless sacrifice and service of our
veterans," Mateer relays.
If the American Humanist Association fulfills its threat of
filing a lawsuit, Liberty Institute is prepared to go to court to
make sure the cross remains in place.