Atheists want to remove a cross that sits on public property in Bladensburg, Maryland, but one legal group doesn't think that will happen, the One News Now website reports today (March 3, 2014).
The American Humanist Association has filed suit on the basis of separation of church and state -- a concept not in the U.S. Constitution.
Jeff Mateer -- general counsel at Liberty Institute, which represents the American Legion in defending the memorial -- said, "That cross was originally put up in 1925, and it has now stood for almost 90 years without any legal action. It was put up to honor 49 men from the local county there who gave their lives during World War I."
It sits in Veterans Memorial Park "near the site of ... a battle from the War of 1812, Mateer continues. "It's near a World War II school, it's near a Korean and Veteran War Memorial, and it's also near a 9-11 memorial. So it's on public land, but on public land that's been dedicated to honor our veterans."