Roadside Crosses for Fallen Utah Police Unconstitutional, Court Rules

August 18, 2010

Author: Warren Richey

Source: Christian Science Monitor

A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that roadside crosses erected to memorialize fallen Utah Highway Patrol officers violate the First Amendment’s prohibition of government endorsement of religion.

The Denver-based 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals said that the 12-foot-high crosses bearing the name and badge number of deceased officers sent an unconstitutional religious message to motorists on the state’s highways.