Commonwealth Policy Center

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down an important ruling that upheld the free speech and religious freedom rights of Bladensburg Maryland residents. The city had a cross in the public place that memorialized WW I veterans, but the American Humanist Association said it established a religion and they wanted it taken down. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion and said “[W]hen time’s passage imbues a religiously expressive monument, symbol, or practice with this kind of familiarity and historical significance, removing it may no longer appear neutral, especially to the local community for which it has taken on particular meaning. A government that roams the land, tearing down monuments with religious symbolism and scrubbing away any reference to the divine will strike many as aggressively hostile to religion.”