American Humanist Assoc. v. Maryland-National Capital Park, No. 15-2597 (4th Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
A local government violated the Establishment Clause when it displays and maintains on public property a 40-foot tall Latin cross, established in memory of soldiers who died in World War I. The Fourth Circuit reversed and remanded the district court's judgment and held that the monument has the effect of endorsing religion and excessively entangles the government in religion. The court explained that the Latin cross is the core symbol of Christianity. In this case, the cross is 40 feet tall; prominently displayed in the center of one of the busiest intersections in Prince George's County, Maryland; and maintained with thousands of dollars in government funds. The court held that the purported war memorial breaches the "wall of separation between Church and State."
- American Humanist Association et al v. Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, No. 8:2014cv00550 (D. Md. Nov. 30, 2015)