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Group fights for removal of cross-shaped WWI memorial

Group Fights for Removal of Cross-Shaped WWI Memorial from Public Land

"Fox & Friends" says a cross-shaped World War I memorial is at the center of a brewing controversy.

'A humanist group claims it violates the First Amendment. They filed a federal lawsuit to have it removed from public property. Veterans saying this is a slap in the face.'

The Washington Times says the 40-foot-tall memorial is known as Bladensburg Peace Cross. It honors the 49 residents of Prince George's County, Maryland who died serving their country.

WTTG spoke with a representative from the American Humanist Association who says the fact that the cross sits on government land is what bothers members the most.

The group's website says it's not trying to force people to reject religion, but it 'strongly supports Thomas Jefferson's call for a 'wall of separation between church and state.''

WJLA spoke with some local veterans who aren't happy about the lawsuit.

'If it wasn't for us veterans, they wouldn't have to right to have a protest to start with anyway.'

'Just turn your head, it takes them two seconds to get past it and then they're not offended anymore.'

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission told WJLA it has no plans to tear down the memorial. It has sixty days to respond to the lawsuit.

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POLLY & MARK March 05 2014 at 9:38 AM

Thomas Jefferson's call for a 'wall of seperation between church and state' would not be in order here,Blandensburg peace cross honors the SACRIFICE made by 49 residents of that county,it was built as a reminder for generations yet to be born that men made SACRIFICE'S on there behalf,and we should remember this thur the ages, and yes SACRIFICE'S will sure'ly be needed over and over to preserve FREEDOM and that we shall always HONOR this SACRIFICE thur the ages.yeah it looks like a cross but dont let that fool ya,somethings dont always look like it appears dont let fools try to tell ya it has to do with church and state and must be removed

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JANE March 05 2014 at 11:55 AM

Leave Peace Cross alone, it's part of PG's history. It's a circle, go around it.

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Emery JANE March 05 2014 at 12:36 PM

Amen, Amen and Amen they need to get a life and stop treading on everyone elses life

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ellopt March 05 2014 at 11:54 AM

Why not put it to a vote in Maryland and the other 49 states. Why should these small groups impose there ideas on the majority? You would think a "HUMANIST GROUP" would be willing to live and let live...

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Richard March 05 2014 at 4:51 PM

The Humanist principles are finally gaining strength in America and stupid lawsuits like this one only detract from the Secular Humanist movement. Just stick to the principles of Secular Humanism and don't worry about a monument, on non Federal land, to war veterans shaped like a cross upset you. This is the wrong issue to pursue. Let the Atheist and the Jews bring this suit and let them look unreasonable.

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actseep March 05 2014 at 11:54 AM

Well once again the Atheists and A holes have something else to complain about , shame on them if the cross offends them then look away that's the way its always been and they should leave it alone. If these retards don't believe in a God or in any faith or have it themselves that's their own personal problem and they should respect those who have faith and leave them alone, by doing these types of things to get their way only proves that they are trying to wade in their own disbelief on others and leave no room for anyone else faith, they always have have their way
Screw you to the Aithiest Religion

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bathorn2 actseep March 05 2014 at 12:08 PM

AMEN......

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vernebeckman March 05 2014 at 9:19 AM

Will this HUMANIST Group next want the Cross's in Arlington removed?

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gillsm March 05 2014 at 9:20 AM

would it be OK with everyone if they took down the cross and put up a Star of David Memorial?

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Julie March 05 2014 at 10:53 AM

That's just plian BS.. 49 people died so these a-holes could complain about their memorial. You want privacy, "CLOSE YOUR EYES" and move on.

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ae12wrangell March 05 2014 at 4:49 PM

Next to be removed ALL Of Arlington National Cemetery's Memorials. Really! How stupid are these people? Extremely stupid. God help us if 'we chose to remember any Veterans of past wars.

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CAT March 05 2014 at 11:55 AM

Some folks just do not have enough to do in their lives. This is a memorial to honor those who lost their life. it didn't mention when it was erected but i'm sure it was before all these sue happy idiots hit the courts, if you are an atheist or your religion doesn't include the cross of Jesus then don't look at the darn thing or look past the fact that it is a cross and accept it is an honor to those who paid with their lives,

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