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Here Are Highlights from the Bladensburg Cross Case at the Supreme Court

Feb 28, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

Earlier today, the American Humanist Association’s Monica Miller argued in front of the Supreme Court about how a giant Christian cross in Bladensburg, Maryland is an unconstitutional endorsement of Christianity by the government.

USA Today‘s Richard Wolf says that the justices may opt for middle ground here because they know crosses like these are unconstitutional, but they also don’t want to deal with the firestorm of taking this one down. Wolf said they may decide to “grandfather” in the Bladensburg Cross, allowing it to remain up because it’s been there for decades, while forbidding future crosses of the same nature.

Robert Barnes of the Washington Post also noted the justices were searching for a narrow answer that would allow this particular cross to remain in place.

The transcript of the oral arguments is now out. I’ll leave further analysis to sharper legal minds, but I loved these statements from Miller.

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