Atheists are determined to erase any public mention of Christianity.
CNN reports that a group of atheists have filed a lawsuit in New York state court to stop the display of the World Trade Center cross at a memorial of the 9/11 terror attacks.
The State of New Jersey, the city of New York , New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, are just some of the many defendants named in the suit.
The cross was not manufactured for the memorial, but resulted from the terrorist attack that brought the buildings down, according to The Blaze:
When the Twin Towers collapsed on September 11, 2001, two beams perfectly formed the cross, which many view as both symbolic and iconic. It is this object — a steel cross — that is perfect fodder for atheists and non-believers who do not wish to see any religious items included in the memorial.
According to CNN, the cross was moved to its new location on Saturday and a ceremonial blessing was performed in a service led by Father Brian Jordan, a Franciscan monk who ministered to workers clearing the area after the attacks.
In a statement at the American Atheists website, the group complains:
The cross has become a Christian icon. It has been blessed by so-called holy men a few times, and presented as a reminder that God, in his infinite power of goodness, who couldn’t be bothered to stop the Muslim terrorists, or stop the fire, or hold up the buildings to stop 3000 people from being crushed, cared enough to bestow upon us some rubble that resembles a cross. Ridiculous.
The group sees the girders as a “government enshrinement of the cross” and calls it “an impermissible mingling of church and state.”
The First Amendment states simply:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
The Constitution, however, does not say that no Christian symbols can ever be displayed, nor does it state there shall be no “mingling of church and state.” If that were the case, all dollar bills would have been rendered unconstitutional due to the phrase “In God We Trust” being printed on them.
Joe Daniels, 9/11 Memorial president, called the cross “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,” he said, according to CNN.
The Memorial is scheduled to open on September 11, 2011 – the tenth anniversary of the attack that killed nearly 3,000 people.
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