US Supreme Court rejects appeal in Grand Haven cross dispute

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down an appeal in a dispute over a pole that can be turned into a cross on public land in western Michigan.

The city of Grand Haven stopped the cross display in 2015 after critics said it was an illegal endorsement of religion. Michigan courts have said the city has the power to manage the property along the Grand River.

The Supreme Court on Monday declined an appeal by cross supporters, who said their free speech rights are being violated by Grand Haven.

The Dewey Hill monument was donated to Grand Haven as a memorial for soldiers who served in the Vietnam War. The pole was turned into a cross during summer concerts sponsored by First Reformed Church.

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3 comments

  • Mac Woods

    Gee, I hope these miscreants never make their way to Arlington. There’s a cross there (The Cross of Sacrifice) which is solid granite, inlaid with a brass sword, and is some thirty feet tall. Which is on land owned and administrated by The United States Army. Go ahead and pull down your Confederate memorials. But just try and mess with the sacred ground at Arlington, and you’ll find out exactly who is armed in the State of Virginia.