Humanist Files Lawsuit to Remove World War I Memorial

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By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

WASHINGTON D.C. (Worthy News)-- A secular group filed a federal lawsuit last week to remove a World War I memorial that honors Maryland residents who died serving their country, according to The Washington Times.

The American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit against Maryland's Capital Park and Planning Commission claiming that the 40-foot Bladensburg Peace Cross memorial -- located at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and Annapolis Road -- violates the separation of church and state.

Plaintiff Steven Lowe said he was shocked when he first saw the cross and still gets upset every time he drives by it.

According to his complaint, Lowe "believes that the Bladensburg Cross associates a Christian religious symbol with the state and gives the impression that the state supports and approves of Christianity, as opposed to other religions, and that the state may even prefer Christians and Christianity over other religions. As a non-Christian, Mr. Lowe is personally offended and feels excluded by this governmental message."

Town administrator John Moss said the Bladensburg Cross has historic significance to Prince George's County and does not endorse any particular religion.

"The cross memorializes our veterans," Moss said. "It was never meant to be a religious icon".

In a similar court case, atheists who were upset and offended upon seeing the Ground Zero Cross on display in the 9/11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center were represented by the secular American Atheists. But in 2013, U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts ruled that the 17-foot-high cross -- which served as a spiritual symbol for workers at ground zero -- was not an endorsement of Christianity.

Currently there are no plans to remove either cross from its place.

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7 thoughts on “Humanist Files Lawsuit to Remove World War I Memorial”

  1. More faux outrage from the anti-Christians, I mean a-theists, I mean agnostic non-theists, I mean...

    There is no right to not be offended found in the Constitution.

  2. WOW! Maybe we should just forget that anything existed WW1, WW2, Jesus' death, you, me and that way the next generation can just sit on a dirt hill somewhere and twiddle their thumbs. What is your problem Mr. Lowe? What are you afraid of? How about you go live in another part of the world that better suits your desires.

    • Sasha, you DO realize that your first sentence describes their game plan quite accurately? Stop giving the anti-Christians more ideas. :-)

      Pretty soon they will be talking about bringing back the lions. Oh wait, I have already had that directed at me, particularly by the "marriage is a 'love' thing" Gaystapo.

  3. We need to add a psychiatric disorder to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of MENTAL Disorders, (DSM-IV) that describes an unnatural and irrational fear of religious symbology in public places with evidence of paranoid ideation especially as regard figures in governmental authority. That'll take care of that!

    • Perhaps we can file it under "psychosomatic disorders" as atheists who have seen the Ground Zero Cross on display claim to have experienced headaches, nausea and a host of other alleged physical ailments.

      I wonder if they have similar symptoms with garlic and mirrors.

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