The Bladensburg Peace Cross Case
This episode explores the Supreme Court case The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, which concerns a lawsuit over the possible demolition of a 40 foot tall cross that is part of a World War I memorial on public property in Maryland. Lawyers representing both sides — Ken Klukowski and Monica Miller — explain the history of the cross at issue, debate whether or not it unconstitutionally promotes Christianity, and forecast the case’s potential impact on how the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause is interpreted. Jeffrey Rosen hosts.
Ken Klukowski represents the American Legion in the Bladensburg cross case on behalf of First Liberty, where he is senior counsel and director of strategic affairs. He is also senior legal editor for Breitbart News Network and previously served as team leader for the Constitutional Rights Team on the Presidential Transition Team of President Trump.
Monica Miller is counsel of record in the case for the American Humanist Association where she is Senior Counsel. Since joining the AHA in 2012, Miller has litigated numerous establishment clause cases, and is a frequent media commentator.
Jeffrey Rosen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, the only institution in America chartered by Congress “to disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.”
- Lemon v. Kurtzman (1973)
- Van Orden v. Perry (2005)
- Town of Greece v. Galloway (2014)
- Amicus brief by members of Congress in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association
- Amicus brief by Veterans of Foreign Wars in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association
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Today’s show was engineered by Kevin Kilbourne and produced by Jackie McDermott. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich and Jackie McDermott.
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