Category: Religious News
High court avoids dispute over highway crosses
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal of a
ruling that 12-foot-high crosses along Utah highways in honor of
dead state troopers are unconstitutional.
Justice Clarence Thomas dissented, saying the case offered the
court the opportunity to clear up confusion over how to apply the
First Amendment's Establishment Clause, the prohibition against
government endorsement of religion.
The private Utah Highway Patrol Association has paid for and
erected more than a dozen memorial crosses, most of them on state
After American Atheists sued the state, the Utah Legislature
passed a resolution declaring the cross a secular symbol of death.
But the federal appeals court said the crosses were an
unconstitutional endorsement of Christianity by Utah's state