Supreme Court sends Florida cross case back to lower court

WASHINGTON (AP) — A legal challenge to a cross that stands in a public park in Florida is getting another look.

The Supreme Court on Friday told a lower court to review decisions that the cross should be removed and take into account an opinion the court issued last week in a case involving a cross in Maryland.

In that case, the justices let stand a cross-shaped war memorial located on a public highway median. The approximately 40-foot-tall cross was completed in 1925 and honors soldiers who died in World War I.

The Florida case involves a cross in Pensacola’s Bayview Park that was first put up in 1941. Two lower courts ruled that the 34-foot-tall concrete cross needed to be removed because it violates the Constitution’s prohibition against government establishment of religion.

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