A federal appeals court will wait to decide whether Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, violated the Constitution by incorporating a Latin cross into its official seal until the U.S. Supreme Court resolves a related dispute.
The high court will decide whether a cross-shaped World War I memorial on public land in Bladensburg, Maryland, violates the First Amendment’s ban on religious favoritism in early 2019.
Federal appeals courts are split as to whether the government may integrate the cross in official settings like veterans parks. While appeals courts in New York and New Orleans permit cross-imagery — provided it serves a legitimate interest and conveys a non-sectarian message — appeals court in Denver and San Francisco have generally disallowed it.
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is handling the Lehigh County case, will wait for the Supreme Court to resolve this division, according to a brief order entered on Nov. 7. The justices are quite likely to intervene when the circuit courts disagree on the same question of federal law.
Challenges To Public Crosses On Hold As Supreme Court Weighs Cross-Shaped War Memorial | The Daily Caller
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