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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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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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Suzanne March 05 2014 at 12:04 PM

Give me a break. Next thing you know they'll be wanting to remove all the crosses in cemetaries, because they are offensive to some. Whatever happened to Freedom of Religion?

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dbrianpritchett Suzanne March 05 2014 at 12:06 PM

Ask the Hollywood, Manhattan, liberal, communist, jihadist, Muslim, Marxist followers of our eeeelustrious leader...

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heydoode1 dbrianpritchett March 05 2014 at 12:11 PM

You only need to abide by the Constitution.
Government must remain neutral in religious matters.
A Christian cross on government peoperty, therefore, isn't allowed. Duhhhhhhhhhhh.
Check with the Jewish War Veterans on this. They have their own law suits.

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heydoode1 Suzanne March 05 2014 at 12:09 PM

Not true at all. The law allows individuals to have their religious symbols on their GRAVES. A war
memorial is NOT a grave or cemetary. Duhh. Ignorance is bliss. Get religious symbols off
govermnent property in accordance with the COnstitution.

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edsredkoala March 05 2014 at 12:04 PM

I find this soooo funny, cause, if these people ever served during war ,,they would know, that the 1st thing that comes out of the mouth of a soldier when he is "hit" is OH MY GOD"..!!! But, how easy it is for those who didnt have the ba$$s to serve to sit back and make such demands. What next, remove all the crosses from Arlington Cemetery????? A bunch of lazy, welfare collecting fools that dont have anything else to do buy complain... If you want ,,,, move to Russia and see how long you sit and make demands in front of Putin!!!!

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driverplumbing edsredkoala March 05 2014 at 12:09 PM

That's great that you served, but I will NEVER be on welfare thank you! Matter of fact, in the grand scheme if things, it seems to me that military men nowadays want to talk about war and how hard it is to serve, like your the equivalent of a ww2 veteran, when the truth is you rarely see combat! NOTHING compared to world war 2. You simply wanted free college or insurance for life or one of the other perks of serving.....aka welfare

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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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magedes March 05 2014 at 12:02 PM

This makes me so sad! You would indeed believe that a Humanist Group would show a little more respect for the past. Everything about our society has to be revised and redone according to the ideas of these enlightened people. To them all I can say is: Please stop! There are hungry children, drug infested neighborhoods, all manner of people down on their luck......spend your time trying to help them. Do not set up situations where your "rights" interfere with the "rights" of others. PLEASE STOP!!!

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bathorn2 March 05 2014 at 12:02 PM

How dare they, I lost a uncle and a grandfather in this war, I served in Viet Nam,
I will stand with all my brothers and sisters to fight this....we owe so much to the ones that served and to the ones that fell in battle....GOD BLESS ALL VETRANS

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c3shepart March 05 2014 at 12:01 PM

At this point, it's an historic artifact and shouldn't be destroyed for any reason. Govt accepted it on property years ago. Move on. These folks complaining have manufactured something to be upset about and have shown little regard for the purpose of the memorial. Their only regard has been for some narrow personal opinions. This same group would probably visit Buddhist shrines and Hindu temples with respect. Show some respect for these fallen soldiers and don't hide behind a mis-used, mis-applied quote from T. Jefferson

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ambonding March 05 2014 at 12:01 PM

This is a shame. Why must Christians accept other religions, but yet when it comes to the cross people are offended. If you don't like the cross, don't look. For some reason we now have to be ashamed to be Christian.

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mike March 05 2014 at 12:01 PM

keep it up and tell the ones who want it down to move to Russia. then we can begin to heal as a country

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pampdat March 05 2014 at 12:07 PM

Leave the cross alone and thank God you do have some rights left in this country. Like the man said don't look at it if you don't like it, but let us honor those who fought for you so you can have the right to complain. I'm sure the people in Kiev might have a few things to say to you about rights also.
Why don't you help them

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buck1027 pampdat March 05 2014 at 12:18 PM

I would like to ask why this group, and many others like it, should move their headquarters and monies and lawyers to Kiev and start the fight for rights for these folks fighting for their freedoms. I would think if they sue Putin, they may be able to keep him tied up in Russia's court system until he dies and peope in the Crimea can be free again. Segments of the American population better wake up fast, or we will be speaking Chinese or Russian in the not too distant future. Americans tend to forget history. Remember when Hitler did some of exactly, exactly these things, still within some people's life times.

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