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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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aristars March 05 2014 at 10:23 AM

Stop disturbing the past! stop wasting money by demolishing that one and building another! America has been plagued by none productive issues; while too much time, money energy being wasted on such issues, China which is free of a lot of such issues has been moving to the top fast! we borrow from China to finance such issues! reckless spending ; higher raising of the debt ceiling! you have bloody criminals who have to be housed, taken care ; about $35k a year each! it's about time to put all things together in money terms! no country in debt is free! A memorial in the shape of a cross is a problem? ok, if you want to use the constitution ,start with far more important issues, like equal protection under the law; talk more about the rights the victims who lost their lives by a low life murderers! During Thomase Jefereson time, before and after there were prayers in the congress for opening!! really get a life!!!

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blo2thehead March 05 2014 at 1:19 PM

Why don't they do something meaningful like removing the word GOD from money. They should boycott money until it's removed.

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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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joliemarot March 05 2014 at 1:13 PM

GEEZ- Enough is enough-who the **** are these 'humanists' because 'human' has no part in their name. These soldiers are the VERY reason they even have the 'right' to voice their ugly, insensitive nonsensical views. This whole country-once so proud-so strong has caved to political bs and pandering to morons like this not to mention illegals and everyone else who seems to have a 'voice' today. If they don't like the cross they don't have to look at it- just another case of stupidigance=stupidity and arrogance. UGH

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Sexy Goddess March 05 2014 at 1:13 PM

Ask the 49 families what they think of the monument, if they are okay with it then STFU.

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ngcolby March 05 2014 at 10:39 AM

blow it out your ear...please people put your efforts into something that actually means something.
This minority should not win.

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bobsadmassistco March 05 2014 at 10:39 AM

These stupid controveries - we have one here in California going as well - about removing religious symbols from public lands, reminds me of the Taliban that blew all the Buddah statues some years back in Afghanistan. Atheists/Humanists (or other 'ists') aren't the only once that can use public property for their cause. The 1st Amendment's religious clause also prohibits the government from banning the free expression of religion, or requiring Christians (and others) to keep their religious expressions to home and church - the Communists (the old Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, etc...) did and do just that! The Constitution of the United States does not guarentee anyone the right not to be 'insulted'.

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sbloecher bobsadmassistco March 05 2014 at 11:23 AM

You need to read the constitution in light of history. The colonists left the old world because the countries they lived in had state churches and you could be punished or even killed if not a member and participator in that religious organizaton. The first amendment guarantees that there will be no state church in America. That is why we have Catholics, Anglicans and Lutherans all claiming to be Christians but having different beliefs and practices. We also have various fringe religions, claiming to be Christians. There are Jews and Muslims. Perhaps Atheists no offense intended) could be referred to as a religion. Point is, they all exist and have the right to exist and practice their religion/beliefs based on the first amendment and protected by the brave men and women who gave their lives and those that continue to serve today.

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flyingfortresb17 March 05 2014 at 1:13 PM

This group is all the same hating anything to do with religion in or on public ground. Leave things alone. We do not need to have this memorial torn down or removed from sight. The piss poor attitude of these protestors grinds the veterans groups. Yeah some veterans were atheists but they are honored the same. Build a bridge and get over it people.

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littlefoot12179 March 05 2014 at 1:12 PM

That Cross has been there all my life just leave it alone it is not hurting anyone

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Bob March 05 2014 at 10:40 AM

What in the world is this country coming too? These people are just going too far! What next People?>????

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