A group of atheists has filed a lawsuit to block the permanent display of the World Trade Center cross at the national 9/11 memorial site and museum.
The cross was erected on Saturday and dedicated in a ceremony presided over by Father Brian Jordan, a Franciscan monk, who ministered to workers clearing the area after the September 11 attacks.
The atheist group, led by Dave Silverman objects to the cross because it blurs the line between Church and State. "The WTC cross has become a Christian icon," said Silverman.
"It has been blessed by so-called holy men and presented as a reminder that their God, who couldn't be bothered to stop the Muslim terrorists or prevent 3,000 people from being killed in his name, cared only enough to bestow upon us some rubble that resembles a cross. It's a truly ridiculous assertion."
Ridiculous or not, the group is probably in for a spirited fight. The 9/11 memorial icon is actually two cross-beams of steel which withstood the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and was quickly adopted as a Christian symbol, inspiring much devotion.
And what's the harm? If people can draw comfort from a religious icon, it's their own business, isn't it? Presumably there will be other religious symbols at the site, which will be open to the public officially on September 12, 2011, 10 years since the day rescue workers really got a chance to clear rubble from the destruction. Although thousands lost their lives in the attack, some people were found alive afterwards.
This cross is a reminder to many, even non-Christians, of the efforts to find anyone still alive. Do Atheists have any symbolism they can place some faith in?
What do you think? Should the 9/11 memorial cross be taken down?
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