- Sep 24, 2020
One religious liberty group says the recent efforts to remove a public cross on Lake Michigan is the result of militant atheism in the United States.
The Michigan Association of Civil Rights and the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation say the Father Marquette cross, which is maintained with public funding, is unconstitutional.
The Washington archdiocese contended WMATA’s policy that “prohibits all noncommercial advertising, including any speech that purportedly promotes a religion, religious practice or belief,” is a violation of the free speech and free exercise of religion clauses of the First Amendment and a violation of the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment.
In a highly anticipated decision, the United States Supreme Court said the government cannot deny funds on purely religious grounds to organizations putting the money to non-religious use. In an amicus brief, the United States bishops’ conference warned that if the decision against the church had stood, it “would invite state officials to invoke those concerns as a pretext for penalizing religious groups whose beliefs or practices diverge from government-prescribed orthodoxy.”