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The Bladensburg cross and the death of free speech [Letter]

Regarding that cross in Bladensburg, when talking about the separation of church and state has anyone actually read the First Amendment to the Constitution ("Veterans' cross in Maryland at the center of national battle," May 25)?

Why is the phrase "prohibiting the free exercise thereof" never mentioned? Doesn't the First Amendment say that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances?"

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The point of the cross is to honor the war dead, not to establish a religion. Look at all the crosses in Arlington National Cemetery. Should the federal government stop putting those up also?

We don't seem to have freedom of speech anymore, and the free exercise of religion seems to be going as well.

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Diane Fleck, Ellicott City

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