A historical World War II-era memorial cross will be allowed to stay in a park in Pensacola, Florida after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals followed a U.S. Supreme Court precedent.
The issue concluded that removing it would “Strike many as aggressively hostile to religion.”
The Bayview Cross, one of more than “170 displays in Pensacola parks memorializing the city’s diverse history and culture,” according to officials with Becket, who fought in court on behalf of the cross.
The cross was built in 1941, as the U.S. prepared to enter WWII, as a place for the community to unite. Since then, “Pensacola citizens have held community events such as Easter sunrise services, Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day remembrances, and other voluntary gatherings at the monument, which has become a significant symbol for the Pensacola community,” Becket explained.
But four “Pensacola residents,” including three who don’t live in the city, and two of those don’t even live in the United States, and the last who used the cross for his own “satanic purposes,” complained.
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