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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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captgma March 05 2014 at 10:48 AM

F.U. liberal ass holes

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johanabarton1 captgma March 05 2014 at 10:51 AM

Amen ! captgma

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Larry March 05 2014 at 2:58 PM

I'm sure there are just as many people offended by the thought of war. So should we not honor our Veterans at all, because of them?
Let's not become a nation that serves only the rights of the few!

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matomar3 March 05 2014 at 10:56 AM

worst case senario - have the government sell the small piece of property to a veterans group for a nominal fee or to a private individual who in turn will lease it to the veterans for 500 years at a dollar per year. Then it won't be on government property and the silly 10 can be happy.

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Patty March 05 2014 at 10:56 AM

I pass this cross to and from work everyday and it is beautiful. It is a memorial to brave men who serve this country. If you dont like it then dont look at it. The cross stays.

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lilacs622y March 05 2014 at 10:57 AM

When you big mouths die for your country ,then see if you can speak for yourselves like these vets can't.You idiots are standing on the same ground as this cross and the goverment did not pay for that land,these vets did with their blood,so stop using your silly excuses. This land was first founded for religious freedom ,so stop trying to do away with our religious freedom. You and some others are trying to take away our rights and we intend to fight back.

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surfingma March 05 2014 at 10:59 AM

I'd bet the soldiers that are being honored by The Peace Cross are very proud of it and what it stands for. Seems to me that WW1 and WWII fought for the U. S. A. to have peace. They fought for the love of God everywhere. Why is the 14% of "americans" causing a big stink everytime God is mentioned or shown? 86% of us want The Peace Cross. When I see a Muslim lady or a Jewish star, I do not get all frustrated over it. Why don't you protestors get with the program of teaching your youngsters how to dress neatly? be educated so they can present their point of view in a quiet forum? not to appear like the "hoodlums" they usually become.

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Henry surfingma March 05 2014 at 11:25 AM

"I'd bet the soldiers that are being honored by The Peace Cross ." They are all dead! Do you realize how long ago this war was and the real reasons we got into it? You are more worried about kids dressing "neatly" that your own Constitution. I doubt the soldiers "fought for the love of God everywhere" but instead it was because they got drafted by a government that didn't care about the "fought for the love of God everywhere" but more about their own back pockets.

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ilmgz March 05 2014 at 2:57 PM

This monument to these brave men who died to give you freedom has been there how long? And, now it's a problem? The men who died serving YOUR country were for all intents and purposes working for the government since they were in the service. People please, if you are going to fight to right what you see as a wrong pick an issue that does not go the very core of who and what we are in America. What do you use to pay your bills and put food on the table? Surely you aren 't using American currency as it clearly says "In God We Trust". Or is the crossing of that boundary line okay since you need the money to survive. The men this Peace Cross represents died to insure your survival in a free country so you could work to earn a fair wage (yes, I know this also open to debate) to support yourselves and families. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

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peckart ilmgz March 05 2014 at 3:03 PM

You're totally blind to what the issue is!! No one wants to stop honoring the men and women that protect this country with their very lives!! What is wrong with the monument is that the choice of a Christian symbol the monument does not honor all soldiers....only Christian soldiers. It is discriminatory. It is as simple as that. You are creating an issue that doesn't exist.

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belledamnit March 05 2014 at 11:06 AM

What's the big deal? I'm not the slightest bit religious, but I don't understand groups demanding the removal of these kinds of religious-based memorials either. Why should they care? It's the same kind of viewpoint that certain religions have in their arguments against gay marriages, even though it doesn't affect their lives, so why does it matter to them? Separation of church and state applies to the city/state/federal government imposing LAWS based on religious views - not these kinds of memorial statues. Give it a rest people, for crying out loud! You don't like it - don't frigging look! It's as simple as that.

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gibby1208 belledamnit March 05 2014 at 11:31 AM

if you don't like it, don't look. Brilliant. That was the same thing Hitler said to those people living near the death camps.
Why should anyone care if a group violates our Constitution? Caring is the key word. Apathy is the left hand of evil, while ignorance is the right. Clearly, you are ambidextrous.

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wmatt15458 gibby1208 March 05 2014 at 12:35 PM

Clearly you have no idea what the cross represents.

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Mike March 05 2014 at 2:54 PM

Not religious (athiest actually), but I am sick of the crap. What's wrong with honoring the dead with a cross? Just another publicity grab by a tiny group of self important knotheads.

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fjtuckner March 05 2014 at 2:52 PM

I AM SORRY THAT THERE ARE THOSE WHO USE OUR FREEDOMS, BUT FAIL TO SEE WHY WE HAVE THEM. THANK OUR MILITARY FOR GIVING US THESE FREEDOMS.

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peckart fjtuckner March 05 2014 at 3:13 PM

Not about disrespecting the military.......it's about using a Christian symbol that only honors some of the military. Why is that so difficult to see?

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