Claim: American Atheists are opposing the incorporation of a steel-beam cross found in the World Trade Center rubble into a
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
This is one e-mail that you NEED to forward to ALL of your contacts, across the country and around the world. We MUST NOT let the travesty below take place.
According to a recent article, with the upcoming
The organization American Atheists (founded by the late Madalyn Murray O'Hair) is protesting a proposal to use a large steel cross found in the rubble of the World Trade Center in a memorial to victims of the
We all remember that cross. A construction worker came across it in the midst of the WTC wreckage just a few days after the attacks. It was standing straight,
The names of fallen police officers and firefighters were also scribbled on the cross, along with the message "God Bless Our Fallen Brothers".
And now, this group of atheists is threatening a lawsuit to prevent the cross from becoming part of any permanent memorial.
You and I can help to stop their assault by signing ConservativeAlerts.com's online petition.
ACTION ITEM: The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the agency overseeing the rebuilding of the area, has made no decisions on what a Ground Zero memorial would include. There's still time for hundreds of thousands of people to voice their opinion, that the "Ground Zero Cross" should remain as part of any future memorial to the WTC victims.
Go to our site below to sign the "Ground Zero Cross" petition NOW:
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Origins: The discovery of a 17-foot steel-beam cross in the rubble of the World Trade Center towers two days after the 2001 terrorist attacks on America provided a tangible symbol of comfort and faith to many of those horrified by the events of
After the unearthing of the steel-beam cross from the WTC rubble, a number of groups supported the idea of incorporating the steel cross into the design of a future
The redevelopment group has already received more than
"None of this money should be used to construct any religious memorial," said Ellen Johnson, President of American Atheists. "This is a public area, and it's being rebuilt with public funds. Tax money must not be used to construct any sectarian memorial."
Johnson added that calls to include the cross as part of a permanent memorial "insult the victims, rescue workers and other Americans who are not Christians, who do not believe in a deity and are not religious."
In July 2014, a the three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court denied the American Atheists' appeal and ruled that the Ground Zero cross could remain in the museum, holding that it served more as a "genuine historical artifact" than as a symbol of Christianity:
[American Atheists has] appealed, arguing that displaying the cross at the museum violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, and state constitutions of New York and New Jersey.
The atheists contended the display of the cross at the museum "gave the impression of a Latin cross, a symbol associated with Christianity."
They asserted that displaying the cross was unconstitutional, "particularly without any accompanying plaque or similar item acknowledging that atheists were among those" who died on 9/11 or participated in the rescue efforts.
The appellate judges ruled the atheists' "challenge fails on the merits."
The judges concluded that the "stated purpose of displaying The Cross at Ground Zero to tell the story of how some people used faith to cope with the tragedy is genuine, and an objective observer would understand the purpose of the display to be secular."
Last updated: 10 January 2015
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