- - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has decided the Peace Cross memorial in Prince George’s County, Maryland, should come down because it is in the visible shape of a cross, which “carries ‘an inherently religious message and creates the unmistakable appearance of honoring only Christian serviceman’” (“Warring Over the Peace Cross,” Web, Oct. 23).

First of all, I don’t see an image of Christ hanging from this cross. Second, it has the American Legion seal at the intersection of the vertical and horizontal plains. No church or religion is referenced. Third, the words “valor, endurance, courage, devotion” are inscribed at the bottom of each face. Nothing of a religious nature is inscribed on this memorial.

Fourth, the memorial is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, not on a listing of religious places or shrines. Fifth, equating a shape to a religion and calling it unconstitutional is quite a stretch. The next target may be a 555-foot obelisk on the U.S. Mall that could be deemed religious under this definition because it is the shape the Ancient Egyptians used to honor their ‘gods,’ the pharaohs. Are we really at the point where common sense is no longer very common? Andy Warhol would be proud of these litigants for getting their “15 minutes of fame.”

Let’s give this the regard it deserves and tuck it away in the absurdity file. We have many matters of real significance the U.S. courts could be spending their time on these days.

JAMES P. KOUT

Bowie


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