American Legion v. American Humanist Association (U.S. Supreme Court, 2019)

Separation of Church & State
Separation of Church & State

At issue in this case is the constitutionality of a state-sponsored, 40-foot Latin cross that  dominates a veterans memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland dedicated to local soldiers who died during World War I. The brief discusses the power of symbols, particularly religious ones such as the Latin cross, which are laden with history and convey poignant messages to both Christians and non-adherents. It further explains why the memorial conveys a hurtful message of religious exclusion and second-class status to minority faiths. The memorial is thereby patently unconstitutional because the clearest command of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment is a prohibition on such a government preference for one faith over all others.