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Andrew Seidel Comments on a 40-Foot-Tall Cross


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Atheist Republic (News)

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Andrew Seidel, Civil Rights and Constitutional Attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, commented in a short letter to The Washington Post about the cross-shaped monument making some of the news as of late.

As Seidel notes in the March 3, 2018, Metro article, the article is described as a cross-shaped monument. Seidel, not one for beating around the bush, said, “It’s a cross. A 40-foot-tall cross. ‘Cross-shaped monument’ suggests that there is some dispute over this or that this massive cross is only incidentally a Christian cross. While there is some dispute over its history and legality, there is no dispute that it is, and was intended to be, an enormous Christian cross.”

He notes that the cross’s presence violates the Constitution of the United States of America with the Metro article being partial and biased with a slant towards those who would violate the American Constitution.

The article, as Seidel with laser eyes points out, “For instance, it said “the Supreme Court … has not provided clear guidance about displays of religion on government land.” In reality, no court, including the Supreme Court, has ever upheld a cross on public land.”

That is, the Supreme Court has never, ever supported the presentation of a cross, especially a 40-foot-tall one, on public grounds. Seidel claims that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, was wrong to call the court’s decision an offense to every veteran in the country, or “an affront to all veterans.”

“The cross is the affront. There are atheists in foxholes. And Jews and Hindus and Muslims and nonbelievers and non-Christians of every stripe. We owe them better,” Seidel concludes, “Their sacrifice helped secure our freedom just as must as the sacrifice of our Christian servicemen and women. The court got this right.”


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