Why We Sued Bladensburg, MD Over a 40-Foot Cross

The 40-feet high "Peace Cross" in Bladensburg, MD.

At the core of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause is the principle that the government must not favor or prefer some religions over others, or religion over non-religion. No matter how small the preference may seem to some, particularly to adherents of the favored religion, the framers of the Constitution believed that “The breach of neutrality that is today a trickling stream may all too soon become a raging torrent.”

When the government erects an exclusively Christian monument on government property, it violates this central command of the Establishment Clause by sending a clear message that Christianity is the preferred religion over all others. When the religious monument is dedicated to fallen soldiers, it sends an even more egregious message that only Christian soldiers are worth memorializing. Non-Christian soldiers such as atheists and humanists are inherently excluded.

Such is the case with a cross in Bladensburg, Maryland, commonly known as the “Peace Cross,” which stands forty-feet high on a government-owned median between roadways. In addition to the obvious sectarian nature of the Latin cross, the Bladensburg cross was also erected with religious motives.

In 1918, the Prince George’s County Memorial Committee began to raise funds to construct the cross. Contributors signed the following pledge: “We, the citizens of Maryland, trusting in God, the Supreme Ruler of the universe, pledge faith in our brothers who gave their all in the world war to make the world safe for democracy. Their mortal bodies have turned to dust, but their spirit lives to guide us through life in the way of godliness, justice and liberty. With our motto, ‘One God, One Country and one Flag,’ we contribute to this memorial cross commemorating the memory of those who have not died in vain.”

The Bladensburg cross was formally dedicated on July 12, 1925. As part of the dedication ceremonies, Representative Stephen W. Gambrill of the Fifth Maryland District delivered the dedication address, in which he stated: “You men of Prince Georges County fought for the sacred right of all to live in peace and security and by the token of this cross, symbolic of Calvary, let us keep fresh the memory of our boys who died for a righteous cause.”1 An invocation was given by Rev. A.J. Carey, pastor of St. Jerome’s Catholic Church. Rev. B.P. Robertson, pastor of the First Baptist Church pronounced a benediction.

The Bladensburg cross thus carries an inherently religious message and creates the unmistakable appearance of honoring only Christian servicemen. Ruling that a similar monumental cross in California violated the Establishment Clause, the Ninth Circuit reasoned that by “claiming to honor all service members with a symbol that is intrinsically connected to a particular religion,” the government is sending a “stigmatic message to non-adherents ‘that they are outsiders, not full members of the political community, and an accompanying message to adherents that they are insiders, favored members’” of the community. Trunk v. City of San Diego, 629 F.3d 1099, 1109, 1125 (9th Cir. 2011), cert. denied, 132 S. Ct. 2535 (2012).

In seeking the removal of the Bladensburg cross, the American Humanist Association seeks only to eliminate this stigmatic message to non-adherents of Christianity. It urges the government to erect an inclusive monument that will honor all fallen soldiers, regardless of their faith.

[1] Legion Dedicates Bladensburg War Memorial Cross, The Washington Post; July 13, 1925.

  • Craig Howell

    As a native Washingtonian and a tour guide, I believe the history of the Peace Cross is a bit more complex. That land was originally on private land but then became government property relatively recently (1980s?) when they were reconstructing the road network around it. That’s when the First Amendment came into play. So one possible solution is to sell the land back to private owners. The Peace Cross has been a local landmark since I was a kid (and long before that), so physically moving it may not be the only or the best solution.

    • Native Texan

      That solution would be an inconvenient truth and unacceptable to these myopic narrow minded people. It’s a great idea but far to practical and would also remove an issue on which they can feel viable.

      • Robert Batson

        I would agree to the property being sold to a private party if the price was correct. And the property and monument was maintained by non-public funds.

  • Doktor

    All it wud take is to remove horizontal arms…I’ll bring my cutting torch! (loving it peace by peace)

  • Richard VanMetter

    The cross should have been moved when the land became public. The cost could then have been part of the road improvement project. Leaving it on the median of a roadway still gives the appearance of government endorsement of religion, which I think is best avoided. I hope a religious organization will step up and make a new home for the cross. As a humanist, I would happily contribute to the cost of moving it.

  • meekinheritance

    I think both Craig Howell and Richard VanMetter have good points. Richard is right that it should have been moved when the land became public. But since it wasn’t, I hope that Xian organizations come forward with money from their bounteous coffers and buy the land, or pay to move it to a non-public location. And while there may be other options, I think Doktor is not completely off the mark, if the public has to foot the bill.

  • Cindeedrake

    I feel it is a historical monument and we need to respect the feelings of those who erected it at the time. If others want a non christian memorial for Veterans of WW l, then let them sue for the right to erect it in a public place.

    “It urges the government to erect an inclusive monument that will honor all fallen soldiers, regardless of their faith.”

    OK, I agree. From here on out…let the law be changed, so that all Veteran’s memorials are inclusive.

    I love history, even if it’s tainted.

    • Atheist Finch

      Keep in mind that that “history” you speak of includes the persecution of non-Christian soldiers, especially non-believers. My humanist ancestors in service did not appreciate it then, and the survivors do not appreciate feeling excluded still to this day. Let’s be sure that all memorials pay respect to all those who served. Don’t you think the non-Christian soldiers of the past are overdue for their share of respect?

      • Robbie Sibert

        See this is what I don’t get. Atheists do not believe in anything. So how can you have something, like a monument, if you don’t believe in anything? It makes no sense. The atheist soldiers got a paycheck.

    • adcbeast

      So we should respect slave owners feelings as well? come on ..

      • Robbie Sibert

        Hey, no white guilt here. Most slaves were well taken care of. They had food, shelter, clothing, and jobs. What everybody seems to forget is most of the LEGAL immigrants coming to the U.S. back then left EVERYTHING to come here. They did not have what the slaves had right from the start.

        So, yeah, respect the slave owners.

        • adcbeast

          Robbie DOOOSH … You need a mental health evaluation ..

  • PC Protector

    This time you’re going to have a real fight on your hands. First of all, your information is incorrect! The Peace Cross was NOT erected by the government and was NOT erected on government land and WAS erected in a time when there were not so many haters in our country!!!!! I will not get into the religious discussion because that’s YOUR excuse to destroy a monument built to honor our fallen warriors from WWI! You can have your views!!! So can we. I find this group just as disgusting as you seem to find our fallen heroes! Shame on you! This monument has stood in this spot for almost 100 years and will continue to stand…..WITH it’s current configuration!

  • StopBIGgovernment

    Your suit should be thrown out as like most Liberals you never have the facts. The Government did not erect this on government property. The American Legion did on private property. Get over yourself and stop with the petty BS. It’s been there for 94 years without an issue and now a bunch of wackos want it gone?

  • dawn

    Hopefully, you, (non-Christian/non-religion folks) will NEVER need the the Red Cross/FEMA in a crisis … and never set foot in a Government owned building in DC, or cemetery, memorial, or drive and inadvertently notice the Washington Monument in DC. That must cause you to suffer extreme pain and agony? Peace Cross is a war memorial, not a “Christian” memorial. Prove that that the 49 men named, were not in any way, shape or form, of anyway religious/atheist. Peace Cross is a WAR MEMORIAL … not a “christian” symbol. The “cross” was a pagan symbol …

  • J5

    Ill buy the plot of land it sits on to make it private just so you all can’t tear it down. It’s not about religion, it’s about “One nation, Under God” whether you like it or not. Things offend me in this world, but do I run around suing people acting like an immature teenager? No. It’s called growing up and leaving things the way our founding fathers meant it to be. You all preach tolerance and equality, but when it comes to the tolerance of other people’s religion or beliefs, there is none.

    • Charles Mumford

      J5 – did you even read the article above about WHY the cross should be moved? The reasoning is legally sound and we are a nation of laws. Secular laws.

      • Jason Stansell

        “secular” meaning by the people. By the people implying whoever was around at the time the law was made. Further, when the crowd demographic changes, so might the laws. And changing rules do not make for a fair or consistent game. Constant change is very close to the definition of chaos.

        I know, its the best we have. I just like pointing out the end game of it.

        • Tress

          no, not “secular meaning by the people”..that is not even almost what that word means…secular; adjective; not spiritual : of or relating to the physical world and not the spiritual world
          : not religious
          : of, relating to, or controlled by the government rather than by the church… we separate religion and government for a very good reason. if you dont want the government coming in and influencing your church or religious doctrine, then make it a point to keep your religion and church out of the government.

      • Julie

        “One Nation,Under God.”

        • Julie

          “One Nation,Under God.” Heads up Charles….We are living in the end times right Now…God bless you brother. ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus’ <3 Peace

    • Rhett J D.

      Do you bother to read the real reason? No never as i have come to find out you just complain without knowing.

    • Heidi Hanson

      The cross is not tolerant of non Christian beliefs. Do you really think All Americans are Christians?

      • Julie

        Heidi~All people are Children of God. Christianity is a religion (created by man).Jesus (God in the flesh) did not come into the world to make a religion but to die for our sins to save us all from Hell.God gave us all free will to believe what we want to believe.But if we believe in our hearts that Jesus is Lord and confess it with our mouth, we will be saved. God bless you Heidi,I hope that helps you understand..

        • adcbeast

          Julie .. please pass us all what you are smoking .. religion is MAN MADE for people who could not read or write more than 2000 years ago ..

          stand on your own 2 feet … only those who still live in our own ignorance embrace religion with the seriousness that you do

        • Robbie Sibert

          Make sure they understand Jesus did what he did for the forgiveness of all sins in your life: past, present, and future. Through that forgiveness as a believer you have a reservation in heaven.

        • DOUG

          Julie, who told you that ALL people are children of God? Was Hitler or Stalin a child of God? Jesus said that some people are children of God, and some people are children of the devil. Judas Iscariot was a devil while his mother was a saint. Not the same.

    • Robbie Sibert


  • Rusty Ehler

    Ignorant people, its a memorial to our military heroes! The fact that its a cross is almost irrelevant when you think of it that way. When it was built, it wasn’t offensive, it was a great monument to great men. Some people are offended by almost anything these days. It’s just ridiculous, if you must, buy the land for the purpose of keeping the monument, or move it. But I think we have better things to spend our money on, and more important issues to pursue.

  • jim biggs

    Just Grandfather old monuments.There apart of history We all agree that Slavery was bad but we don’t tear down old historic slave quarters.We hate wars but don’t tear down old forts.Above the supreme court it says IN GOD WE TRUST it was not taken down because it is a historic part of our past.enforce the rules on new monuments and move forward.

    • Rhett J D.

      In god we trust was put on our money not even 50 years ago its a big joke

      • Jason Stansell

        Our money itself (debt money) IS a joke.

        You give up an unrecoverable asset (your labor)…and in exchange you get paper representing the debt obligation of another. ideally, your get back another secure asset for the asset you gave up. But no, you get back a promise. A promise that is diluted by more money creation as a stated rate annually according to the FED.

        So to save your previously spent labor (the only asset you really have, limited in nature) you have to find a way for it (your labor now represented in decaying limitless money) to grow at a rate exceeding the rate of planned decay. You have to invest it, and risk it.

        Its a forced participation system. Personal freedom is no where near the design of this system. If you have a base level Maslow hierarchy need (food, housing, education, etc) you have to go into debt to get it. Debt infinitely created by a entity whose liabilities (federal reserve notes) are NOT an obligation to provide value or make you whole in anyway. They buy our labor with nothing.

        • Jason Stansell

          Which is why those crusty old Republicans and Randians have no argument when they say minimum wage laws increases will kill us all. Its a push down monetary system, and all the money itself is intercepted via ownership and equity claims by the small percentage of rich in our system (see 1%, see current wealth gap). When the money is created at a top level at a whim, and the current rich can write laws/buy congressmen/buy equity on productive labor to capture the bulk of that flow that they could not otherwise according to their own labor….well then its just a system of enslavement.

          Sorry to harp on it Rhett. I know its off topic from your OP. Money has been a longtime mystery to me, so I looked into it a lot, and have a lot of thoughts about it.

    • Willi

      In god we trust was only recently added and has nothing to do with our roots.

    • Heidi Hanson

      Man cannot serve both God and mammon. I find that Motto that replaced our original Motto “E Pluribus Unum” to be very sacrilegious. It says we worship money and while that may actually be true, I find it offensive.

    • adcbeast

      Biggs … Apples and Oranges … Christianity was NOT our past for the entire history

      The US had to endure religious revivals every so many decades and it infected US society

      • Freddy Simmons

        No….actually the pilgrams settled this country who were ALL Christians…so….wrong answer…and as much as you would love to re-write American history….you can’t change the reality of American history. If gou don’t like America…and what it stands for…then why are you here?

        • adcbeast

          @freddysimmons:disqus … WRONG .. stop making up your own version of history

          the Pilgrims were not as religious as one would think

          Nor were the Pilgrims the Founders of the US .. Native Americans did not believe in Christianity ..

        • EmmettGrogan

          Pilgrims were Puritans who didn’t believe in celebrating Christmas or having fun – is that the kind of religion you want in our country? The Pilgrims didn’t “settle this country”, they were some of the first settlers but they didn’t settle anything. That was done by people who came here from all over the world, bringing their religion and traditions with them, which is what has made America so unique and wonderful; the fact that we are from all walks of life and religions, yet get along OK (which USED to be true but now isn’t.)
          AMERICA DOES NOT STAND FOR CHRISTIANITY AND NEVER HAS!! THAT ISN’T WHAT THE FOUNDERS INTENDED. If they had wanted to establish a Christian theocracy, they would have done so, wouldn’t they? BUT THEY DIDN’T! Quit trying to change history and tell lies. YOu’ve been duped by the likes of David Barton, who has no idea what facts or truth is.

        • Hypatia

          The pilgrims came to this country in 1620. There were numerous other settlements here before that, and the first slaves were brought over in 1619! So many other peoples were here already, looking to start new lives and prospering…hence the slaves. That is the reality of early settlement in this country. I don’t know why so many believe the pilgrims were the first people here.

    • Robert Batson

      I don’t think we hate war. We just say we hate war.

  • Jason Stansell

    I find it ironic that we rip away formerly erected symbols of religion, beliefs, culture etc., and the at the same time mandate diversity appreciation be taught. Its like in one case we tell people the must look at and participate in diversity (differences), but then at the same time tear down evidence that we are different.

    • Willi

      You’ve missed the point. The reason they want it moved off government land is because it disrespects diversity by holding one religion higher than all.

      • disqus_JhMcPgRNCt

        Actually, it does not.. I don’t see any diversity in any of it. Its all an argument over who believes or does not believe in an invisible thing. The people who furnished the money for the cross and built it had one thing in their mind: Remembrance of the fallen. That was the way they did it at the time. Yes it could have been an obelisk or even a big ol rock. They chose what they did because it was simply what was done at the time.
        I just saw a video that was up the alley of what you guys seem to be all about. The Libyans destroying the cross and grave markers in a cemetery from Montgomery. I don’t think they liked the cross much either. Ask yourself this: Why do you REALLY feel the need to make a big deal about a non-issue? Whats in it for YOU other than a quick sound bite and the ability to act like a Home Owners Association?
        Then, when you see the sad waste of time go for the big ones like getting us out of the middle east, helping with hunger, the homeless, the fact that kids are being destroyed by over priced colleges… So many things to champion beyond an old memorial that causes no harm to society at all.

        • Robbie Sibert

          Radio waves are invisible. Do you believe it?

          • RegularJoe62

            I can see and hear the evidence that radio waves exist even though I can’t see them. Try again.

      • Eirik Toft

        So, where are these guys when Muslims are praying in the street or erecting flags and symbols celebrating Allah? It just seems kinda funny to me that they only religion they protest is Christianity.

        • RegularJoe62

          Muslims are perfectly welcome to put up symbols praising Allah on their own property, just as are Christians, but I’m not really seeing any cases where people want to build Islamic monuments on public land at public expense.

          And all of us enjoy the freedoms of speech and assembly that allow us to gather and state our thoughts – even religious ones – on the streets and other public places.

  • disqus_JhMcPgRNCt

    Just curious from someone who is a bit more tolerant of others beliefs. When the Taliban was blowing up the old statues what did you think? Why was it necessary to destroy history? When the Germans in the 30s and 40s removed markings including tombstones from a religion they didnt like… What was that?
    Why do people feel the need to suppress others? This is what I see when groups of people get together and start these wasteful sad lawsuits. It just doesnt matter but you HAVE to get your way. Get enough of you ‘Humanists’ together and suddenly we are burning books and clearing out anything remotely religious in a library no better than the generation that blocked works of literature and burned them in the past.

    To put it simply you are bullies who are using a law to force things into your agenda.

    • Willi

      I agree – why do people feel the need to suppress others….. Like why did they feel the need to make everyone who died in WW1 conform to Christian symbols? They weren’t all Christian.

      • disqus_JhMcPgRNCt

        Very foolish answer. Have you ever looked at the actual gravestones? They are not all crosses o Jesus mounts. I am not a subscriber to this group of beliefs but I do feel that there is a huge subversive element that is trying to do its best to tear into anyone and anything that they dont like.

        Strangely its looking like a repeat of what happened to groups in the past… Where did those druids go?

      • Pete

        If the Religious Right hadn’t turned religious decisions into political ones. There would be fewer atheists and less atheist freak outs. A strong atheist movement in this country is the fruit of the Religious Right.

        • Julie

          True Pete.

        • martymarsh

          No it’s not, just the fact that both sides are corrupt is proof of that. There will always be wolfs in sheep’s clothing, all you need is a brain to weed them out.

      • bdd44m5

        Willi take the long historical look at the American culture of the time the cross was proposed and erected. You can not mold the future by destroying the past.

        • adcbeast

          Stop with B@#$SH@#$ maxims ..

          • Native Texan

            Do you propose to speak for me. I like these B@#$SH@#$ maxims and your dumbass won’t shut me, or people like me, up with your tirades! Intelligible or not.

          • adcbeast

            Native DOOOSH .. You are a stupid person and that is being kind

    • Julie

      Thank you.Well put! God bless…

    • Robert Batson

      Perhaps because their constitution did not prohibit government preference of a religion. If they want to save the cross, they should sell the land to a private party. Governments have no business sponsering any religion.

    • Deuce Prez

      When the Taliban (another pseudo-Islamic group) was blowing up those statues, I spoke out against that destruction!!

      So, no….. No hypocrisy here!

  • Al Jones

    To remove Peace Cross would be to remove an important slice of history and is an insult to those local vets who gave their lives in WWI. . . .When will this inane trend of placating the insensitive desires of a few over the wishes of the majority.. . . Why is patriotism such a ‘four letter word’? Has anyone in this ‘humanist’ organization ever served in our armed forces? What sacrifices have anyone involved given to place their selfish wants over the memories of the fallen?

    • Medium)(Rare

      Al, just please don’t think we’re all like this. Some of us (atheists, humanists, agnostics, secularists) can see the historical importance of this monument. Just read through the comments….

    • Robbie Sibert


  • bdd44m5

    There comes a time, when no matter how many times i have stood on the constitution for religious neutrality, as America purposefully was established as a secular state; I find myself disagreeing with some who hold the similar position as I.

    This is one of those times. If your organization, rather than look to the present would look to the cultural and historical significance of this monument to veterans erected almost a century ago, you may find that you have failed in rule #1. Choose your battles wisely. I am all for trying to turn the country back to an all inclusive non exclusionary non government intervention in religion of any kind state, I am not for pissing on the work set in place 4.5 generations ago.

    Where was your voice when the nutjob preacher Jones from FL. burned Qu’urans and came to Dearborn MI a number of times in an attempt to incite anti Arab hatreds for the free practice of their culture and religion? That is a dialog worth having. Not one about a symbol that was erected long before any reader was born and now has become a landmark within the confines of a Maryland town.

    What is humanism anyway? Is it not based on the live and let live philosophy? haven’t there been many great humanist philosophers who espoused just that? Your objection is that this cross sits on a roadway median owned and maintained by a government entity. My question is so what, how does it harm anyone? If you really choose to wage this particular war then get the median opened up for any religion, including the satanic ones to erect a memorial to veterans, as that is the point of the cross, not religion but a memorial to veterans, of which i am one.

    has it occurred to you that there are far more pressing issues in America having to do with government sponsored intrusion in secularism than a simple symbol for fallen soldiers? Your fight should be centered on the congress where the religious right is pulling us all down a deep slope of hatred. Something few crosses or Stars of David have ever done. But now on the floor of the US congress some are trying to actively pass laws against certain religions, specifically Islam. There is your battle not some Maryland town that if you did win, you would destroy a veterans memorial, many of which have religious symbology on them. But then you would also turn a tide of indifference against you accomplishing nothing but more division in a nation already severly divided.

    • Medium)(Rare

      I agree with everything you just said. Well put. This is a historical relic… While I don’t buy the whole “America was founded as a Christian Nation” line, it was a very christian country for a very large part of its history. In my opinion there’s nothing wrong with allowing that history to be just that; in our past.

      This humanist organization needs to focus on the future. There are still kids being taught in public school that evolution by natural selection is just a theory. Lets start there! With the kids that we will be passing the torch to! Teach them that knowledge and education will set them free! You can’t change the minds of old people who are set in their ways, but you can educate children properly and give them the tools they need to not end up like their parents and grandparents… bound by superstition and fear of the unknown.

      • Robbie Sibert

        The majority of scientists WORLDWIDE believe there is a God. They have no other conclusion to come to.

        • EmmettGrogan

          Not true. Where did you hear that? I’m married to a scientist.

      • EmmettGrogan

        One small detail: kids are correctly taught that evolution is a theory. All science is theory not fact because scientists like to leave room for any new discovery to be made. So, while evolution is pretty much fact at this point, it is still called a theory simply because scientists don’t like to carve things in stone and allow for new discoveries that might change a theory a bit.
        My husband taught high school science for 20 yrs at one of the top 2 public high schools in America, which is how I know this – that and remembering my own grammar school education.

    • Kathy Davis

      I could not have said it better..and I am one of the Founders of “Save the Peace Cross”…

  • Reasonable humanist

    Sometimes to be not seen as antagonistic or ridiculous, something like this should be left. I read that the American Legion was who put this up. If this was originally on private land, you are being unreasonable in wanting to remove it. I am not a Christian or any other religion.

  • Julie

    The Bladenburg Cross-Honoring “Children of God”
    In which we All are!Weather you agree with it or Not.
    Its Not about Religion ~Its about TRUTH.God bless
    Bladenburg MD <3

  • Medium)(Rare

    I’m a very vocal atheist… but I’d have to say that this really is a non-issue. It was built in 1925 right? The same year as the Scopes trial. Obviously people in 1925 don’t have the same knowledge we do today about science and why religion is a bad option. Its a historical relic, in my opinion. If the citizens of the area want to protest it, thats great for them… but I don’t see why a national “atheist” organization is getting involved in something so petty.

  • adcbeast

    Put it on private property without govt $$$$ .. the Humanist group and the rest of us will be cool with that

  • captcorajus .

    Sorry, but you’re going to loose… and the reason is context. While there may be some sectarian motivation the erection of the monument, it is now an historical monument with more significance than just a Christian artifice. You would really do we atheists a service and start focusing on cases where atheist’s rights are actually violated, rather than worrying about 80 year old monuments.


    I’m assuming the people in the AHA are if not all, mostly liberal. that being said, you guys are contradicting yourselves outrageously!! why is it ok for liberals to make christians and conservatives not be able to stand up for what they believe in but its ok for gay people to have parades and holidays. its a 100% double standard and its actually gross that people even let this happen. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH WHAT SOMEBODY ELSE BELIEVES IN, DONT WORRY ABOUT IT!! LET THEM BE AND THEY WILL DO THE SAME.

    • RegularJoe62

      They’re objecting because it’s on public land and maintained at public expense. Nobody would care if it was on church property.

    • EmmettGrogan

      Give me a break, Christians have parades and holidays; in fact, Christian holidays are recognized universally, yet not holidays of other religions.
      Please explain how Christians are being persecuted and give examples. Here’s one story that contradicts that: several years ago, my husband and I almost had our house burned down with us in it by several Christians who found out we aren’t Christian. Yes, that’s right, they tried to murder us. We live in a small town in TN and only 2 people here will speak to us. Is that Christian love? Would Jesus have done that? I’ve never heard of this happening to any Christian in America, yet I do hear about a number of people who aren’t Christian being burned out of their homes. It’s a regular thing here in the South and I”ve known a number of people that has happened to. It didn’t exactly make me want to become a Christian, you know? All I see from Chrhistians these days is massive amounts of hatred and anger and trying to force your religion on everyone else, yet having no clue that what you are doing is wrong in Jesus’ eyes or that you are harming people greatly.

  • Brian Polen

    How about building another monument right next to the cross, specifically honoring any and all non-Christian soldiers as well?

  • tito

    LOSERS! If it bothers you, don’t go there!

  • Robbie Sibert

    What a real fruitcake idea. Leave the damn monument alone and find
    something else to do like help impeach President Obama. Fruitcakes. Good

  • Russ Moore

    What is the matter with you people? Do you seriously believe a cross marks the burial place as Christian? Get a grip! It is tradition and you all are looking to stir the pot for attention. Make up with your parents and get your attention in the normal manner.

  • aTomS

    Sorry author, to favor or prefer doesn’t Establish anything.

    Know your constitution, As It Was Written.

  • Jerry Baldwin

    Why so upset over a religion you don’t believe in? If what you believe as atheists is true then there is nothing after this world and any symbol of any religion is equal to some cave doodle. Could it be a fear that the symbol is not so empty after all?

  • Nina Tucker

    To these so called “humanist”: don’t we have a lot more important things to worry about. Like genocide (perhaps if they are “Christians” you don’t care), like our country falling apart, like Obama. If you want to do something important in the world maybe you should look a little deeper at the crisis the world is in and do something an out that. Seriously you people need to GET A LIFE and leave the cross alone. I am sure that the people buried really don’t care if there is a cross on their grave or not. I would be honored to have a cross on my grave. Oh and by the way GOD BLESS You All!

  • God_Fearer316

    I don’t know a whole lot about this but I do think that people can be really petty. If the atheists have a symbol they want to put up next to it, so be it. This cross represents the Christian soldiers who fought and died for our freedom and is also a symbol representing others who aren’t petty. If our government is made up of Christians then why wouldn’t they put up a cross? How can you tell what their motivation is? They didn’t put that cross up to belittle you or any other person, they put it up to honor fallen heroes. How sad it is that you want to take away that honor from the people who fought to give you your freedom. How sad it is that you want to force atheism on everyone, which is a religion. Atheism is a fantasy with no truth to hold it up. The government supports plenty of atheist beliefs, but because you dodge the fact that you too are a religion you think you can get away with this. To take down every cross would be to represent an atheist, which is a religion (a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance). Behind the atheist is a flood of delusion, trickery and deception blinded by hate. I can’t speak for the fallen hero’s of our country and I don’t think you can either. For us to speak on the behalf of people who are deceased is wrong. Besides, if atheists really believe that there is nothing after this life than why are you so concerned about what dead people think? Christians are not the problem in this country. Christians who really live by what the Bible says aren’t hurting anyone. If atheists were so concerned with “equality” then they would be asking to put their own symbols up. To tear down someone else’s symbols is unconstitutional. From what I have seen, the atheist argument is that of a 4 year old temper tantrum, kicking, screaming, crying, whining and not producing anything of real value in this world. Instead of spending energy on tearing people down, maybe atheists should focus their energy on building people up, reaching out to people who are in need and defending the innocent. Oh wait, this is written in the Bible so they probably won’t do it! Did you know that the majority of people who help the poor and needy are Christians? Most humanitarian aid comes from Christians. Christians helped build this Country. Christians all around the world are being murdered because of this same petty attitude of atheist and other religions who don’t agree with them. Just because you don’t agree with someone doesn’t give you the right to attack them. By the way there are a lot of religious symbols erected in our country that aren’t Christian. Why aren’t atheists going after those ones? I believe it’s because they are only threatened by Christianity. They are threatened because Christians will not tolerate or give in to their evil plans. Christians will resist evil and push forward with the truth. Christians choose not to live a life full of sin and evil because of the love of God that they have excepted in their lives. The love that is available to every person on this planet! The one true God! One day in the future, Christians will be proven right by God and God will be glorified when He opens the sky up and enters into our dimension. When the whole Earth stands before Him at the great white throne judgement, in the valley of decision, and then eyes will be opened. We will see who is petty then.

  • Allen Rodriguez

    So atheists want it removed because it bothers them . So then should we do away with the pledge of allegiance? It does say one nation under God. So why is it ok for y’all to be offended by religious items and people’s believes. You don’t want Christians praying in public because it bothers you or it offends you and traditional marriage also offends you, well guess what seeing two people kiss that are of the same sex offends people. I’m all for equal rights and it doesn’t matter if you’re gay, straight or bisexual, you have God given rights that I have as an American, but you don’t have the right to tell me how I should feel.

  • Freddy Simmons

    Doesn’t anyone stop to think before they react…the cross represents ALL who have fallen, this Is not a seclusion to those who believe in the cross…but a memorial for all who have fallen from the view of those who built the cross…I am Christian, and respect all faiths…but this is not isolating just the Christians….but a jester of respect for all who have fallen. The real problem is we have allowed politics to dictate our country instead of dictating our countries politics.

  • Punky

    There are more important things in this world than picking apart all our wonderful historical places. Some we people like nothing better than to ” nit pick”. So will theyvalso to each grave to find who was Christian and who was not. Then change crosses for other religous symbols. Such a waste of time and money. Now will this group be hunting for their next victim.

  • Wakeup Call

    That is a bunch of bull..it does not make any other religion less..it is the Christian soldier who died so the Atheist can live peacefully here…it’s saying Thank you to the Christian who founded this Country for allowing all other faiths and non faiths to live in peace here….wake up go out and do something kind instead of trying to distroy what our very freedom was founded on ….. Maybe you can go out and plant some fruit trees..help some hungry people .. buy some school clothes and lunch for children..donate to the City of Hope … Volenteer to a hospital.check up on some old people at the convolesent homes to make sure they are safe…go hug a new born in the hospital s that need it in prenatal…save some families children or animals across this planet..help our vets recover…..there’s a lot more things than to do than try to tare the very thing down that says LOVE PEASE HOPE CARE

    • Keith Babberney

      I may do any or all of those things, but I will also continue to defend our Constitution, which the Supreme Court has ruled requires separation of church and state.

  • ddc

    Why not build ur own memorial…?

  • 3rdjerseyman

    It’s clear from the comments that many of you are merely Christophobes. You have hate-filled hearts. Nothing good ever comes of that. You will always be mean and miserable.

  • martymarsh

    Whether you want it or not, it was put there for all, so that isn’t much of an argument. I think you can agree that most would want it, what happened to majority rules. You feel like someone stepped on your toes, so you are going to yell? You do know that that is man made? By the way, anything thing the government owns, belongs to we the people.

    • Keith Babberney

      “Majority rules” is nowhere in the Constitution. Our Founders carefully created a system that protects minority beliefs from a tyranny of the majority. You have a right to put crosses on your own property. You are not allowed to place one on public property.

      • martymarsh

        Yes I understand all of that, and you could put up your Atheist sign right next to it and it wouldn’t bother me. All that is going on and the best you can do with the constitution is go after someone that don’t matter. Our government is as corrupt as the day is long and you piss and moan about a cross, that is actually funny.

  • Wolfprinter

    The Constitution says no such thing. Twist the words all you can.
    The government cannot ESTABLISH a certain religion for the people to follow. That was a big reason our relatives left England. To worship God as THEY wanted, not as the king decreed. THAT is the meaning of the first amendment, Not your twisted interpretation. If you don’t like our freedom of religion GET OUT OF OUR COUNTRY AND STOP TRYING TO FORCE YOUR antiRELIGION ON US! Go live in China where it’s outlawed.

    • Keith Babberney

      The Supreme Court has ruled otherwise.

  • nonameme

    Why do you feel it’s right to bully people just because you do not believe as they do? Why is your opinion the only one that matters? Obviously, you have had a margin of success in bullying people or you would not insist on this particular one. So sad you neglected your true education in pursuit of your own ego.

  • SteveAR

    “The Bladensburg cross thus carries an inherently religious message and creates the unmistakable appearance of honoring only Christian servicemen.”

    You people are lying. You undercut your own argument when you put in what was said at the dedication, that this monument was built to memorialize 49 specific individuals from Prince George’s county, and that’s it.

    I do hope that you and your plaintiffs go bankrupt paying the court costs for this frivolous lawsuit.

  • Hypatia

    It is as simple as this…no tax money should support any religious monument. Solution…sell the bit of property to a private foundation or landowner. Don’t tear it down…that is what Isis does…but instead, make sure it is no longer governmental property. Easy fix, everyone happy.

  • Roberto De León González

    False. And the judge did not buy your argument.

  • NickRepublic

    Just a bunch of atheistic wussies crying because their ideas can’t compete in the marketplace of ideas. I guess if you can’t win with your own idea, you try to suppress the ones most “dangerous” to your ideology.

  • I actually think that the cross should stay, and I’m an atheist. But I don’t agree that it should stay on constitutional grounds. The cross surely contravenes the constitutional idea that the United States government should not favor one religion over others or none. However, the cross should stay because it reflects the fact that Americans in the period between the wars had a different mindset – a superstitious mindset, and that has value as a teaching tool. You can’t whitewash over the past, however distasteful it might be. The cross should stand as a lesson that Americans often fail to embody the ideals of our founding fathers.