Thursday's HOT MIC

Thursday's HOT MIC

The bastardization of the First Amendment continues apace:

More from CNN:

A federal appeals court has ruled that a 40-foot cross-shaped Maryland monument honoring soldiers who died in World War I is unconstitutional, saying it violates the separation between church and state.

The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the 92-year-old structure was in violation of the First Amendment because it is on public land at a busy intersection in Prince George's County and is maintained with government funds. The court's decision does not address whether the monument should be removed or modified.

The defendants -- the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the American Legion -- argued that the cross had a nonreligious purpose and "does not have the primary effect of endorsing religion," according to the majority opinion written by Judges Stephanie Thacker and James Wynn.

But the appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, sided 2-1 with the American Humanist Association, an organization that advocates for secularism and represented several non-Christian residents of Prince George's County.

The 4th Circuit Court has been leaning in the wrong direction for a while now so this isn't terribly surprising. This incessant mangling of the First Amendment is wearisome. No one-and I'll bet on this-is feeling pressured by the state to become a Christian because there's a cross in a veterans cemetery.