A good time to clarify

July 31, 2018

 Over 100 members of Congress have signed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to take up the case of the Peace Cross Memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland.  The monument was erected by the community in 1925 to honor the 49 fallen local veterans of World War I. It stood as a cherished local landmark for 90 years, until an atheist group, the American Humanist Association (who I think need some more lessons in humanity) convinced a federal judge to order it removed on grounds that a monument with a religious symbol such as the cross on public land violates the Constitution. 

The brief argues to the SCOTUS that this was a gross distortion of the Establishment Clause, and that a monument to the dead with a cross is simply a tradition, and having one on public land doesn’t constitute a government endorsement of Christianity as the state religion.  Otherwise, we’d have to remove every cross or Star of David from all the tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery, which will probably be their next crusade.  And they’ll want to grab their jackhammers if they learn that the cornerstone of the Memorial Amphitheater laid there in 1915 contains copies of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bible.     

 

This is sadly typical of the confusing, infuriating and politicized decisions about displays of religious symbols in the public square that have been handed down by lower courts and that have wreaked havoc on historic monuments and been allowed to fester because the SCOTUS has never issued a ruling clarifying the issue.  This seems like a good time for such a clarification, now that we have a majority of Justices who understand that what matters is not their personal politics or who whines the loudest, but the intent of the Founders as expressed in the Constitution. 


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Personally, I doubt the Founders, who believed in freedom from government interference in the free exercise of religion so strongly that they went to war over it and put it in the very First Amendment, meant for that Amendment to be cited as grounds to ban crosses that memorialize US military heroes or Christmas trees in city parks or schools holding Easter egg hunts.  If the atheists really believe the Founders would have backed them on this, then they need to stop claiming they don't take leaps of faith.

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/over-100-congressional-members-ask-supreme-court-to-hear-peace-cross-case/

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  • Lynn Slack

    08/02/2018 06:14 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,
    This is so very disturbing to me. To think that our forefathers founded this country to begin with in order that they could have freedom of religion, and now some of its citizens are attacking the very concept of America at its beginnings. It is just wrong on so many levels. Freedom of religion has come to mean no religion to so many now. Freedom means that you may choose to believe or not, in any way you choose. It doesn’t mean you can force others to not believe or not be able to see symbols of their belief. Whether a flag, a monument or a statue, believe in them or not, but let them stand! You cannot destroy the true history of our country for better or worse, by having these things removed. Let our future generations learn from our history, from our proudest moments and from past generations mistakes, but let us have a choice. If these things are removed, there is no choice.
    Thank you Governor Huckabee, for your wisdom and your patriotism.

  • Lynn Slack

    08/02/2018 06:09 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,
    This is so very disturbing to me. To think that our forefathers founded this country to begin with in order that they could have freedom of religion, and now some of its citizens are attacking the very concept of America at its beginnings. It is just wrong on so many levels. Freedom of religion has come to mean no religion to so many now. Freedom means that you may choose to believe or not, in any way you choose. It doesn’t mean you can force others to not believe or not be able to see symbols of their belief. Whether a flag, a monument or a statue, believe in them or not, but let them stand! You cannot destroy the true history of our country for better or worse, by having these things removed. Let our future generations learn from our history, from our proudest moments and from past generations mistakes, but let us have a choice. If these things are removed, there is no choice.
    Thank you Governor Huckabee, for your wisdom and your patriotism.

  • Camille Patterson

    08/02/2018 11:41 AM

    Why can't they just roll on by & ignore it? Why must they push their views.. forcefully, on us? I don't believe that is the definition of freedom!

  • Nelda White

    08/01/2018 09:15 PM

    either they have never actually read that part of the constitution or they truly don't understand it. it means the government will not force a one religion on the people as England and France did. It was never meant to deny anyone there right to their beliefs anywhere, especially the right to show their belief in public and on tax paid land such as court houses. Public schools is just that, public, belonging to all and as such is not to be stifled on prayer, Christmas trees, parties or musicals with Christmas carols. Our founding fathers did not intend for people to abuse the constitution for personal reasons. Our history proves this and is opposite to any atheist group's attempts to push their personal agenda. They have the right to not believe, but not to force their ideas on others. Something is wrong with the supreme court when they go opposite to all the supreme courts that came before them.

  • Ray Fambrough

    08/01/2018 05:17 PM

    Leave AMERICA alone! This cross was put there for a reason.AMERICANS bought and paid for it in the name of GOD ALMIGHTY !!!! IT WAS PUT THERE BAFORE YOU WERE BORN.

  • Anne Turner

    08/01/2018 04:44 PM

    To be repetitive and trite, but some don’t see. to get it: I believe the Amendment says freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion. I hardly think that religious symbols to honor those of that the religion constitutes the establishment of a state religion. I believe there are other symbols at Arlington, including the Islamic crescent. Tearing down historical statuary is remarkably reminiscent of the Taliban tearing down the ancient Buddhist statuary.

  • STEVE HAMLIN

    08/01/2018 04:25 PM

    Why doesn't the city of Blandensburg simply "sell" the land around the monument to a local VFW or American Legion post and make it private property?

  • ROBERT MCFATE

    08/01/2018 02:24 PM

    They make a move on Arlington they just might get a case of lead poisoning courteous of some vets!

  • Lisa B Johnston

    08/01/2018 01:01 PM

    The atheists are the minority so why is the majority caving to them?! Good for Congress to have the SCOTUS clarify. We will continue to fight the good fight by voting for conservatives who believe in the Constitution and by speaking truth to those around us. Thank you for being a national voice for us, Mike. Blessings to you and yours, sincerely lisa j

  • Denise McSweeney

    08/01/2018 12:58 PM

    I am a Christian, but I will dare to leave that out of my opinion for a moment. The country was founded on freedom of religion and our forefathers made that clear. I understand the need for no "state religion," but these atheists are free to not believe. Even God gave us that choice. Also the monuments are historical items not just religious. Like the people wanting to tear down the confederate monuments, they are ridiculous. I see their reasoning, but they do not reason deeply enough. When we destroy the history that we do not like, we are most likely going to repeat it in some manner.

  • Barton Cormier

    08/01/2018 12:15 PM

    Mike, we certainly know that in the "latter days" there will be increasing assaults on what we hold dear and where our traditions lie. However, the fight to keep our symbols of Christianity and Judaism alive is paramount! The left, these "humanist" individuals and others who prey rather than pray are driven by evil in this world and our fight must go on to oppose these assaults. They use sympathetic courts/judges and like-minded groups to pose Constitutional challenges and succeed in many cases only because clarity on interpretation of our Constitution remains murky enough for them to gain a foothold. Article 1 states "Congress shall make no law....prohibiting the free exercise thereof" (as it relates to religion). To me it's crystal clear -- courts should not accept the challenges of this freedom as is commonplace today. I believe that SCOTUS needs to become involved to set this record straight on Constitutional interpretation regarding religious freedom.

  • Billie Slusher

    08/01/2018 11:09 AM

    Those men that cross was erected for fought and died for their country. I would imagine the majority were good God fearing men that believed in religion as well as country. To destroy that cross would be an insult to them and every Christian in our great nation. If they don't want to see the cross they can look the other way.

  • Mildred Echols

    08/01/2018 09:14 AM

    Mr. Huckabee: Yesterday evening, I saw some paper in my yard but that is not too unusual as people litter all the time. This AM I went to pick it up and just by chance, it was the letter from you regarding Restore the Heartland and also a letter from Mike Pence regarding the Republican National Committee. Needless to say they are wet but were laying there together. They were addressed to me, but please tell me that people are not destroying things out of our mailboxes. Coincidental, both Christians and both Republicans. Is it the USPS? Heartbreaking!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jeremy Patterson

    08/01/2018 07:23 AM

    Yes, it's time to clarify and establish the freedom to display crosses and even (gasp!) confederate statutes. Like it or not, America has been a Christian nation for a very long time and we use the cross to honor our fallen heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, not unlike our Savior did. If we tear down all confederate monuments and scrub our history squeaky clean, we defeat the purpose of learning history... learning from our mistakes so we don't repeat them. Keep up the great work, Huckabee! God bless you!