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-Atheists Sue to Take Down ‘Ground Zero’ Cross

by Dr. D ~ July 28th, 2011


American Atheists filed a lawsuit on Monday to have the iconic ‘Ground Zero’ Cross removed from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.

The World Trade Center cross is made up of two intersecting steel beams found intact in the midst of the rubble created by the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks. The cross was displayed and dedicated on Saturday at the new 9/11 Memorial Museum.

The 17 foot tall cross was discovered by a construction worker after the Sept. 11 attacks and was the only thing left standing amid the rubble. It has become a symbol of the 9/11 attacks and an icon of hope.

According to 9/11 Memorial president Joe Daniels:

The cross is "an important part of our commitment to bring back the authentic physical reminders that tell the history of 9/11 in a way nothing else could."

"Its return is a symbol of the progress on the Memorial & Museum that we feel rather than see, reminding us that commemoration is at the heart of our mission."

The atheist organization is seeking to have the cross removed since it only represents one religion- Christianity.

Meanwhile, Byron Babione of the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has responded to the atheists claims and suit with the following:

(the atheist group) is "completely out of step with the Constitution."

“One atheist group’s agenda shouldn’t diminish the sacrifice made by the heroes of 9/11. A cross like this one simply does not amount to a government establishment of religion under either the U.S. Constitution or the New York Constitution."

"The cross is not only known far and wide as a religious symbol, but also as a symbol of death, remembrance, and honor for the dead. Americans have long recognized this.”

The American Center for Law and Justice plans to respond to the law suit with a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the Ground Zero cross on behalf of a former 9/11 firefighter and first responder. According to Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ:

"This is another pathetic attempt to rewrite the Constitution and rewrite history by removing a symbol that serves as a powerful remembrance to that fateful attack nearly 10 years ago. This lawsuit is deeply flawed and without merit. It is just the latest chapter of an anti-God strategy employed by atheist organizations across the country—a strategy offensive to millions of Americans, a strategy that we’re confident will ultimately fail in court."

Response: Here we go again. These kind of cases are rarely won by those who want to take down memorial crosses. When judges do render in their favor they are overturned in appeal. A case in point is the Mohave Desert Memorial Cross. Courts eventually ruled that it could stay in the national park and did until some ‘activist’ took it down and stole it.

The 9/11 cross became an inspiration to millions -that even in the midst of so much destruction an accidental symbol of hope was found that defined the feelings of millions of folks that no matter what the American spirit could not be broken. Do you really want to take away a poignant symbol like this which stands defiantly against those who want to destroy our way of life including our freedoms and particularly our freedom of religion?

Besides, the cross is not the only religious symbol displayed in the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Why pick on it only?

My question is this- Why do atheists who complain about the intolerance of others towards them want to get caught up in cases like this that are intolerant of the feelings of so many others. Exactly where is the harm and how is it really an establishment issue?

There are crosses displayed in every veterans national cemetery all across the country along with other religious symbols. Do they really want to eventually rip the crosses literally off of the graves of veterans who served their country well?

I recently visited Arlington National Cemetery, there were huge crosses all over the place. Some had been there for over a hundred and fifty years. Do these really need to be torn down in the name of separation of church and state? What about the graves decorated with the Star of David? Do those need to be desecrated also?

The real question is this- does the establishment clause in the Constitution do away with religion and the public exercise there of? No. In fact it is suppose to protect our religious freedom from legislation that would hinder it. At least that was the original intent of the framers who thought nothing of halting their deliberations on a number of occasions to seek the guidance of the Creator.            *Top

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2 Responses to -Atheists Sue to Take Down ‘Ground Zero’ Cross

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  2. Cristos Bellator

    Every Christian child in Sunday School is taught the letter capital “T” and minor “t” symbolizes the sign of the Crucifix as a reminder of their Faith.

    How unobservant of atheists to miss such an obvious symbol of Christianity to target for eradication. If all symbols of the cross offends them, why not attack the public use of that Alphabet letter next. Then they will be known as aheiss.

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