Letters to the Editor

Letter: Monuments and statues

To the Editor:

I recently read the details of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling about the Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Maryland.

The Peace Cross is a memorial for 49 local soldiers who lost their lives in World War I.

It was commissioned by the American Legion and was dedicated in July 1925, a few years after the end of the war.

The American Humanist Association had sued the government to have the 40-foot cross removed from public land, based on the “Establishment Clause” in the First Amendment.

The Supreme Court decided, 7-2, that the Peace Cross was not an unconstitutional establishment of religion and, therefore, the memorial to the 49 fallen soldiers can stay right where it is.

Justice Neal Gorsuch argued that being an “offended observer” should not be enough to oppose something like a memorial. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor were the dissenting votes.

The radical left’s “political correctness agenda” is the source of many of the attacks on our country’s history and religious freedoms.

The proposed removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee was the primary reason for the rioting that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, between the radical fringe elements of both the right and the left (the neo-Nazis and Antifa).

Even Christopher Columbus has come under attack in recent years by “offended” people.

I am in favor of historical monuments and statues for one primary reason. These memorials and statues can lead to a reasoned (nonemotional) discussion about our country’s history.

I recognize that our country does not have a perfect history, and I think it is much more important to know about our history as we chart our way forward rather than be offended by something that can’t be changed.

Tim Beck


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