Atheists Sue Over 9/11 Cross
Group wants cross removed from Ground Zero memorial
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2011 3:51 AM CDT
Updated Jul 28, 2011 4:02 AM CDT
In this October 2001, Father Brian Jordan blesses a cross of steel beams found amid the rubble of the World Trade Center.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The famous World Trade Center cross doesn't belong at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, according to American Atheists. The group has filed suit to yank the planned cross, a 17-foot T-joint found upright in the rubble of 9/11, arguing that it violates the Constitution by promoting Christianity on government land, ABC News reports. The group describes the cross as an "ugly piece of wreckage" that was "deified" by Christians.

A Christian legal advocacy group predicts that the courts will reject the atheists' suit, which it describes as a "pathetic attempt to rewrite the Constitution and rewrite history," the Wall Street Journal reports. Officials of American Atheists say they will drop the lawsuit if the 9/11 Memorial Foundation allows other monuments of equal size and prominence to be displayed inside the museum, including one to the "500 non-religious Americans" it says were among the victims of 9/11.

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Snufflufagus
Aug 1, 2011 8:47 PM CDT
Get over it. This is supposed to be a democracy, and people forget that majority rules. PERIOD. End of story. Put it to a vote then get over it.
Bartmaeus
Jul 29, 2011 10:19 AM CDT
It is absurd for atheists (more specifically, self-proclaimed mere animals) to sue other animals. Unheard of! Animals do not sue animals! It is contra natura! It is the sole perogative of humans (rational animals), that species which can discern through reason the existence of laws governing the cosmos--both micro and macro): Reason, which is a gift from the deity (or a participation in the LOGOS), which enables the human person to charge another human person or persons with breaching the law, and so seek the restoration of justice, which is the granting to another what is their due. Though animals can acquire knacks to enhance their standing in the pecking order, the leap into rationality and abstraction is beyond the scope of the merely natural. Claiming to live in accordance with reason, scoffing at the dynamic of faith, gouging on the fruit, yet denying the tree. Atheists are so ironic.
editorkim
Jul 29, 2011 8:51 AM CDT
Since some folks worships trees, they shouldn't be allowed on government property. That's clearly promoting one religion over another on government-owned land... So where do they draw the line? Oh wait, that's right... wherever they want. These protestors are the epitome of hypocrisy and ignorance, not to mention heartlessness. Unless you lost family or friends that day, you should STFU and have some respect for those who did. End of discussion! (As in, don't bother lobbing anymore personal insults at me just because your goal in life is to go around disrespecting and pissing off complete strangers and trying to shove your views down their throats. I won't engage you further! So have a nice life, and I hope you sleep well at night knowing you have disrespected the dead and their families!)