Supreme Court eyes 'flawed' church-state precedent

By Diana Chandler - Posted at Baptist Press:

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Religious liberty advocates including Southern Baptists hope the U.S. Supreme Court will establish a clear precedent Feb. 27 to answer a question regarding the separation of church and state in the public square.

On the court's docket is the case of the 40-foot Bladensburg Cross World War I veterans' memorial on public property in Bladensburg, Md., ordered removed by the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in support of the American Humanist Association (AHA).

The upcoming ruling in the case of The American Legion v AHA would affect thousands of memorials nationally, supporters of the monument say. Justices could clarify decades of Establishment Clause precedent that federal judges and justices alike have variously described as "flawed" and a "hot mess."

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 2018 said the high court's "Establishment Clause jurisprudence is in disarray," USA reported in a Feb. 20 report on the Bladensburg case.