The Supreme Court decided Thursday that a ‘Peace Cross’ war memorial outside Washington, DC could “remain on public land,” saying the structure does not violate the Constitutional separation of Church and State.
“The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Peace Cross war memorial on public land outside Washington, D.C., can stand, determining in a 7-2 decision that it does not violate the Constitution,” reports Fox News.
“Residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland and the American Humanist Association had sued to have the cross taken down, but the court determined that factors including the history of the memorial support the notion that it is not religious in nature,” adds Fox.
“For nearly a century, the Bladensburg Cross has expressed the community’s grief at the loss of the young men who perished, its thanks for their sacrifice, and its dedication to the ideals for which they fought,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the court’s opinion.
“It has become a prominent community landmark, and its removal or radical alteration at this date would be seen by many not as a neutral act but as the manifestation of ‘a hostility toward religion that has no place in our Establishment Clause traditions,’” he continued.
The cross was erected to honor the community’s 49 soldiers who died during the First World War.
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BREAKING NOW: Supreme Court Backs Trump, Says Feds Can ‘DETAIN’ Illegal Immigrants with 'Criminal Records'
The United States Supreme Court handed a major victory to the Trump administration Tuesday; saying the federal government can deport illegal immigrants released from prison and detain those with criminal records.
“The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed the Trump administration a victory in its battle to clamp down on illegal immigration by making it easier to detain immigrants with criminal records,” reports Fox News.
“The ruling that federal immigration authorities can detain immigrants awaiting deportation anytime after they have been released from prison on criminal charges represents a victory for President Trump,” adds the article.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
BREAKING: Supreme Court Says States CAN FORCE Shoppers to Pay Online Sales Tax
The United States Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states have the authority to force online shoppers to pay sales tax; a move that could generate billions of dollars and significantly raise prices of commonly bought goods.
The 5-4 ruling strikes down a decades-old decision that impacted online sales; clearing the path for local governments to charge sales tax on goods regardless of whether or not the business has a “physical” footprint within its boundaries.
“Each year the physical presence rule becomes further removed from economic reality and results in significant revenue losses to the States. These critiques underscore that the physical presence rule, both as first formulated and as applied today, is an incorrect interpretation of the Commerce Clause,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy.
The decision is a big win for major corporations such as Apple and Walmart, who generally pay sales tax due to their “physical presence” in most states throughout the country.