Atheist Group Wants WWI Memorial Cross Removed From Rhode Island Town
A battle is brewing in Woonsocket, Rhode Island as an atheist group argues that a cross in town, which is a World War I memorial, is unconstitutional and should be moved.
Other residents of town are protesting the removal of the 91-year-old memorial.
Criminal Defense Attorney Joey Jackson weighed in on Happening Now, saying, “From a personal perspective, the community should do what it wants to do and that would be to keep it, but there are some legal arguments that are compelling that would suggest that it be removed.” He detailed these arguments saying that the cross could be problematic if it violates the separation of church and state.
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Former Federal Prosecutor Fred Tecce argued, “This is a cross that symbolizes the people from Woonsocket, Rhode Island who died in World War I … It’s no different than the crosses and Jewish stars that adorn countless headstones in Arlington National Cemetery. Our country is full of religious references.”