Florida attorney general joins in fight to keep religious crosses on public lands


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Florida's attorney general is taking a stand in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court about religious displays in public places.

The issue is heating up just a week after a Supreme Court ruling on public prayer.

Greenwood Cemetery, owned by the city of Orlando, includes a Spanish-American War memorial that is in the shape of a cross.

It's one of hundreds of religious displays across the country that sit on public land.

Now, the Supreme Court is considering whether to take a case that would determine whether displays of the type at Greenwood are legal.

Supporters of public displays believe they have new wind behind their backs with the Justices recent ruling in favor of prayer at civic gatherings.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi joined a petition with 18 states asking the court to save the Mount Soledad Cross, in San Diego.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the cross violates the U.S. Constitution and must be dismantled.

A legal brief sent to the court, and signed by Bondi, says, "It is imperative that courts appreciate the displays' civic value, and the disruption that would be caused, by requiring their removal."

American Civil Liberties Union representatives said the displays show "unfair and unnecessary favoritism" toward certain religions.

The Supreme Court could decide as early as next month whether or not they will hear the case.