The Bayview Park Cross in Pensacola, Florida has occupied its location since 1941 when America’s armed forces prepared to enter World War II.
And the Veterans Memorial Bell Tower in Evendale, Ohio was dedicated just last year in memory of those who lost their lives in the service of our nation.
As a grateful nation marks the sesquicentennial of Memorial Day, how ironic it is that the three aforementioned war memorials are in imminent danger of being evicted from the sites on which they currently stand.
That’s because such homages to America’s war dead are deemed offensive by such atheist hate groups as the American Humanist Association, the Freedom from Religion Foundation and America Atheists, which argue that any war memorial on public land – federal, state or local – must be entirely Godless, otherwise it violates the First Amendment’s so-called “Establishment Clause.”
That’s now how the attorneys general of 14 states interpret the Establishment Clause.
In a brief submitted this month to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a lawsuit pitting the American Humanist Association against the city of Pensacola, the state AGs noted that the U.S. Supreme Court has previously held that the Establishment Clause “does not compel the government to purge from the public sphere all that in any way partakes of the religious.”
It remains to be seen whether or not the majority on the 11th circuit sides with the atheists. If so, the residents can expect the unGodly plaintiffs to desecrate the ground on which the Bayview Cross has stood for more than 90 years.
Indeed, one of the four plaintiffs recruited by the American Humanist Association contacted the city of Pensacola to reserve the site where the cross is located. When the atheist was told the site had already been reserved by a local church, he raised hell.
So the church graciously volunteered to hold its Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at another site within the park. And the atheist held his own service, using the Bayview Cross for purposes of satanic worship.
Atheist hate groups that shake their fists at God, that despise those of us who are followers of Jesus Christ, are unworthy of the freedom for which America’s sons and daughters in uniform have fought and died.
For there are none lower in this country than those who begrudge our fallen heroes a few acres of public land in places like Prince George’s County, Pensacola and Evendale.