The Supreme Court’s Tale of Two Cities
In 2014 a group of atheists became offended by the sight of a cross on Maryland public land and demanded that a federal court order its destruction. Two weeks ago, in American Humanist Association v. American Legion, the Supreme Court rejected that demand, and in doing so reminded Americans of the cornerstone of the founding generation’s agreement for living together, codified in 1791 as the First Amendment to the Constitution.
The 40-foot Peace Cross alongside a road in Bladensburg, Maryland, was erected in 1925 as a memorial to local soldiers who died in World War I. Members of the American Humanist