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Here’s Why People Want a WWI Monument Honoring Soldiers Taken Down

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The “Peace Cross,” a monument in Maryland that honors soldiers who died in World War I, is under threat of being taken down after nearly a century. Atheist activists began trying to get the 40-foot-tall memorial to fallen soldiers removed several years ago.

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The monument controversy could be on its way to the Supreme Court. After an appeals court ruled that the “Peace Cross” was unconstitutional, its advocates have vowed to take the case to the highest court in the land if they are denied a request to be reconsidered.

The New York Times reported:

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit declared this month that the Peace Cross, which sits on state-owned land in Maryland and has been maintained with public funds, was unconstitutional, a ruling that supporters of the monument warned could result in a “cleansing” of memorials on public grounds across the country.

Glenn’s take:

Glenn couldn’t help getting sarcastic while talking about this story on today’s show: “For 92 years, this cross has entangled the government in religion in ways that has wreaked untold havoc on the minds and the hearts of Maryland citizens … or not.”

Clearly, the memorial honoring WWI soldiers has sat in Prince George’s County peacefully for nearly 100 years and has not interfered with anyone’s religious practices (or lack thereof).

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: Oh, jeez. Here we go again. Another statue. Another cross this time under siege for the crime of being visible on land owned and maintained by the state. This time, it is the peace cross in Bladensburg, Maryland. Now, why is the cross even in the news?

Because the battle over it may end up in the Supreme Court. And the decision could affect similar memorials all over the country.

Earlier this year, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled two-to-one that the peace cross is unconstitutional. They say that it violates the First Amendment by having a primary affect of endorsing religion and excessively entangles the government and religion.

Does nobody understand the First Amendment? The peace cross is a 40-foot tall World War I memorial that commemorates 49 soldiers that were killed from Prince George's County in Maryland. The monument was built in 1925. And, you know, we're not turning out serial killers in Prince George's County since 1925. Everybody seemed to be okay with it. It's funded by the families and the American Legion.

For 92 years, this cross has entangled the government in religion, in ways that has wreaked untold havoc on the minds and the hearts of Maryland citizens. Or not. Whenever somebody even looks at it, do they feel enslaved by the American theocracy, the rays shooting out of the cross, zapping their minds and making them head to their nearest church to worship? Have you been to Prince George's County lately? It's obviously very ineffective. But this kind of manipulation has got to be shut down.

Proponents of the peace cross are not actually worried about protecting the First Amendment. This is a case, I believe, of anti-Christian bigotry.

The FEMA manager of the pawn shop near the peace cross said, "We heard they may be taking it down. I just disagree with it. It doesn't bother anybody around here. I worry nobody is going to remember them meaning, the World War I soldiers. You cannot remember something you cannot see." Which is exactly the outcome the proponents of the peace cross are hoping for.

Have you -- are you aware at all of the Pact of Forgetting? It was a Spanish political decision in 1975. We're going to make a pact to forget about Franco. Why is fascism on the rise in Europe? One of the reasons, people in Spain never learned about Franco and the death camps and the slaves that he had billed Spain. If you forget something, you are destined to repeat it.

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California has gone to hell. Homelessness and violence have spiked. Civil liberties and businesses have been destroyed in the name of "COVID safety." Children have been brainwashed with racist critical race theory. And yet, Democrats want to use California as the test model for the entire country. Your state and your town are next. They want their FAILURE to become YOUR FUTURE.

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Big Tech now censors the stories of WW2 VETS too?

Rishi Sharma, founder of Heroes of the Second World War, has spent years interviewing as many World War II veterans that he can. His life passion, he says, is making sure these heroes' stories are recorded and preserved so future generations will never forget their sacrifices. But — perhaps unsurprisingly — Big Tech now stands in the way. Rishi describes to Glenn alleged censorship he believes his YouTube page — which contains many of these WW2 vets' stories — has experienced in the last year. "Makeup tutorials get a billon views, but the men who fought for our freedom...why can't they get the same attention?"

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Glenn Beck CALLS OUT companies working with China as HORRIFIC new details emerge about concentration camps

An upcoming book, "The Chief Witness: Escape from China's Modern-Day Concentration Camps," details one woman's "fight to survive" inside one of China's 380 unspeakably horrific concentration camps.

On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" this week, Glenn asked why, after seeing horrors like this in history before, aren't we taking acting to stop this? Companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook not only continue to work with China, but have sometimes even given the Chinese Communist Party the tools it needs to spy on its people.

Glenn read an excerpt from the book in which co-author Sayragul Sauytbay describes the concentration camp where she was incarcerated for the "crime" of being one of the China's ethnic minorities and the shocking details of what she witnessed and experienced as a prisoner.

"I can't tell you how disgusted I am. ... It means nothing to say 'never forget' if you won't talk about the things that lead to the Holocaust. 'Never forget' doesn't mean just remember their names and remember what happened, but look at the seeds that are being planted today so we don't go down that road," Glenn said after reading the disturbing details.

"How do you make sure that that doesn't happen, if you won't talk about the seeds that are being planted? It's too late when the tree has its vines all around your neck. It's too late. Silence in the face of evil, is evil itself. Not to stand, is to stand. The world is becoming more and more deaf to evil. It is all becoming perverted. What is happening in China is evil, and I don't care if it's Disney, or Apple, or Facebook, or anybody else that is doing business in China ... you're part of the problem," he went on to say.

"We must stand together ... to stand for the Jewish people. To stand for the Chinese Uighurs. To stand against another coming Holocaust, wherever it might happen in the world. To stand against this evil of critical race theory. It is evil."

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