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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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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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Michael March 05 2014 at 11:49 AM

I think we should all just line up on right the left sides and settle this crap like the cowboys would have, with a good ol fashion... asskickin'

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William Marr March 05 2014 at 3:23 PM

Peace Cross has been a part of Bladensburg, Maryland for almost 100 years. It is part of the area and of Prince George's County and shows citizens' pride and honor for those who lived in the County and gave their lives for our country. It hasn't bothered people for all this time and is a constant reminder of our heroes. We need to stand together to keep this memory for now and forever and I hope all people will stand together and declare we want our memorial just like it is!

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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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madcap.1 March 05 2014 at 3:21 PM

will common sense ever reign in this country again

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Russ March 05 2014 at 3:20 PM

Those dolts are nothing but heathen, athiests and trash, and they deserve no response from anybody. Yes, and I live in the area where the memorial stands and have driven around it for the past 40 yers or so. . It honors our veterans who gave their lives for this country.

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KAYLEE Russ March 05 2014 at 3:26 PM

the cross was there even before any of the groups lives existed ,the cross stays! they will just have to stop the stupidity.

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geez2463 March 05 2014 at 3:19 PM

Kissmyass

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Alan March 05 2014 at 3:19 PM

Just a bunch of ass holes who have nothing else to do

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LENNY Alan March 05 2014 at 3:33 PM

BIGGER THAN ASS HOLES

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Laura March 05 2014 at 3:19 PM

There is only ONE SIN that God will not forgive, and that is the purposeful rejection of HIM. I pray for my country and know there is a huge silent majority that are also doing the same. We must continue to pray and speak out so as to keep the umbrella of protection by God and prevent His condemnation.

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Larry Lang Laura March 05 2014 at 3:27 PM

Very understanding guy "Your God". Just don't make him mad, huh?

Need not reply, I don't listen to people who preach "AT" me.

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Larry March 05 2014 at 1:18 PM

This is all these idiots have to do? Give them some children's games to play so it will occupy their little minds.

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