Bladensburg Peace Cross the latest target of Humanists
The Humanists are at it again, this time offended by a peace cross that has stood in its current location since 1925. Fox DC reports:
The emblem in the middle of the cross is actually the American Legion emblem. We're the ones who actually put it up. And there were a few reports in the news that quoted local legionnaires. From the Hyattsville Newspaper:
According to Dane Weber, club manager at the Colmar Manor American Legion, the cross was maintained by a Hyattsville American Legion post until 1957 when the Prince George's County Circuit Court transferred it to the state of Maryland, which then handed it off to the M-NCPPC to administer.
Weber has lived just about all of his life in Colmar Manor, except for his service in Vietnam. He served as a door gunner on Army helicopters between 1967 and and 1969. During that time, Weber said he participated in some of the bloodiest conflicts of the war, including the Tet Offensive and the Battle of Saigon.
Twice a year, Weber's group attends memorial services at the Peace Cross. He doesn't understand why the AHA has singled out the Bladensburg memorial.
"Get a life. Do something. Why pick on the veterans? Probably the majority of them have never been in the service, or if they were they weren't on the front lines" said Weber....
"All crosses are not necessarily about God," said Weber. "You find a lot of cemeteries, especially in Europe for World War II, and they put crosses on them, just to honor the people who died there."
Personally, I don't think the Humanists on this one are going to do well. The facts in this case are probably as good as we will ever see in one of these cross cases. I suspect the court will rely heavily on the Van Orden v. Perry decision from the Supreme Court that factored in a sort of "historicity" of the monument. This thing has been up since 1925, it's not as if some vengeful Christian erected it last Tuesday just to anger the Humanists.
We'll be filing an amicus brief on this case as well, since we clearly have an interest in it. We'll have more in the future.