BY NINA TOTENBERG
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared ready to let stand a 40-foot cross on public land in Maryland, but the justices struggled to come up with a test to clarify the separation of church and state in this country.
Over the past half-century, the court has used a variety of tests — is the purpose of the contested symbol or program religious or not? Does it entangle government with religion? Does the government’s action appear to endorse religion?
On Wednesday, arguments were made with three potential paths for tests, but the justices appeared skeptical of all of them: