"Bayview Cross in Pensacola Florida" by MSFulford / CC BY-SA 4.0

Pensacola’s Bayview Park cross can stay, does not violate Constitution, appeals court rules

Feb 20, 2020

By Jim Little

Pensacola’s Bayview Park cross can stay on city property after the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the presence of the cross does not violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated previous rulings that the cross violates the separation of church and state and ordered the circuit court to rehear the case in light of the high court’s ruling on the Bladensburg cross case out of Maryland.

The Bladensburg cross case was similar to the Pensacola cross case, but involved a World War I memorial on public land in Maryland.

In that case, the Supreme Court ruled that although crosses are a symbol of Christianity, the government does not necessarily have to remove a cross that has been in place for such a long time that it has also taken on a secular meaning.

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