Friday, August 09, 2019

3rd Circuit Upholds Cross On County Seal

In one of the first cases to rely on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in June rejecting an Establishment Clause challenge to the 94-year old Bladensburg Cross, the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday rejected a challenge to a Latin cross on the 75-year old official seal of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. In Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. v. County of Lehigh, (3d Cir., Aug. 8, 2019), the 3rd Circuit said in part:
American Legion confirms that Lemon does not apply to “religious references or imagery in public monuments, symbols, mottos, displays, and ceremonies.”... Instead, informed by four considerations, the Court adopted “a strong presumption of constitutionality” for “established, religiously expressive monuments, symbols, and practices.”...
WFMZ News reports on the decision. [Thanks to Tom Rutledge for the lead.]