Utah trooper memorials ruled constitutional

Earlier this month, atheist sued in order to compel Utah to remove cross shaped trooper memorials. I am happy to report that a judge refused to allow the case to continue. Score one for the good guys.

A federal judge has agreed with Utah’s Highway Patrol and Transportation Department, affirming they are doing nothing improper in allowing memorial crosses in honor of fallen troopers to be placed on state highways.

American Atheists had sued after alleging the crosses, placed at the request of fallen trooper’s families, violated the Establishment Clause. (See earlier article) But a federal district court judge in Utah has rejected that claim. Byron Babione, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, is representing the families in the Utah Highway Patrol Association (UHPA) — the civilian support group that donated the crosses.

Babione says the ruling agreed that the UHPA was not a religious organization, and that their purpose was to merely honor the troopers and promote highway safety. The attorney believes American Atheists objected merely because the memorials were in the shape of a cross — and that, he believes, shows a misunderstanding of the Constitution.

“Our Constitution does not require that every symbol — whether it’s used in a religious or non-religious context — be erased and scrubbed out of the consciousness of the nation,” he argues.

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