Supreme Court Decides American Legion v. American Humanist Association Case
The Supreme Court recently decided the closely-watched American Legion v. American Humanist Association case, in which Dowd Scheffel filed an amicus brief in support of the American Legion’s position. The Supreme Court ruled 7 to 2 to uphold the Bladensburg Cross as constitutional under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The American Humanist Association argued that the Peace Cross, a memorial for 49 World War I soldiers, was an unconstitutional display under the First Amendment. Dowd Scheffel argued on behalf of the Military Order of the Purple Heart that the Peace Cross, while a Christian symbol, represented more than Christianity and was a symbol of reverence for the fallen troops of World War I. Matthew Dowd was lead counsel for the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Mr. Dowd was also quoted in two articles about the Court's ruling which can be found here and here.