Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Liberty Institute: American Legion Should Be Heard in N.C. Veterans Memorial Case


Another veterans memorial is under attack.

Last week, Liberty Institute filed a motion on behalf of The American Legion and The American Legion Post 290 of King, N.C., seeking to have these veterans organizations included in a pending lawsuit over the constitutionality of a veterans memorial in King’s Central Park.

In 2009, the local Legion Post 209 donated half of the funds, and contributed to the design of a veterans memorial that includes a statue of a soldier kneeling before a cross-shaped headstone. Each year, The American Legion participates in patriotic Memorial Day and 9-11 events at the site.

In 2012, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which claims it is “dedicated to preserving the principle of church-state separation,” filed a lawsuit against the city of King on behalf of resident Steven Hewett. The group alleges the statue violates the U.S. and North Carolina constitutions because it contains religious imagery and sits on public land.

“We are hopeful that the court will grant our client the right to intervene and protect its interests,” said Liberty Institute Director of Litigation Hiram Sasser. “The Legion gave significant resources and money to erect this memorial in honor of our Nation’s veterans, and they should have the right to be heard.”

The King memorial joins a list of veterans memorials throughout the country under attack by atheist groups and the ACLU – and that list is getting longer.

However, there is hope. When people are bold enough to stand, we can defeat these aggressive groups. Just last year, we secured a victory with the return of the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial Cross, after a 13-year legal battle. Our clients, longtime memorial caretakers Henry and Wanda Sandoz, and the VFW witnessed the historic event.

That victory was possible because of your prayers and financial support – support that is needed again as we fight for the King, N.C. veterans memorial and the many other veterans memorials under assault across the country. So, please, consider giving a gift of $25 or even $100, to help fund this critical legal battle. In fact, every dollar donated is doubled in value because of the world-class attorneys who work with us, selflessly donating their time to the fight for religious freedom.

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