"This cross is now a part of the official WTC memorial. No other religions or philosophies will be honored. It will just be a Christian icon, in the middle of OUR memorial,” Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists, said in a release. Silverman added that the memorial must allow atheists and other belief groups to include their own displays of equal size. For the past several years the cross has been housed at St. Peter's church. On Saturday it was permanently moved to the 9/11 Memorial Museum after a ceremonial blessing at Zuccotti Park. The 9/11 Memorial Museum, which will officially open next year, said its mission is to tell the history of the attacks through artifacts like the cross. "This steel remnant became a symbol of spiritual comfort for the thousands of recovery workers who toiled at ground zero, as well as for people around the world," said 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels. "In the historical exhibition, the cross is part of our commitment to bring back the authentic physical reminders that tell the story of 9/11 in a way nothing else can.”
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Atheists File Challenge to WTC Cross
The American Atheists filed suit in New York court this week, seeking to have a cross removed from the World Trade Center museum. The "cross" was recovered from the tens of thousands of identical metal "crosses" that comprised the destroyed buildings. But because this one happened to land in an upright position, Christianists have seized up this bit of salvage as evidence of "God's enduring love" for all those people he selected for murder by terrorists.