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Steel Cross at 9/11 Memorial Site — Should it Stay or Should it Go?

Atheist group contends sight of steel cross at 9/11 Memorial Site makes them physically sick and should go. Others say it has historical significance and should stay. What do you think?

Whether a steel cross should remain at the site of the 9/11 Memorial Museum is now in the hands of the courts.

According to a story in the Huffington Post, lawyers for the 9/11 Memorial are defending its right to be there after an atheist group filed papers to have it excluded. The atheist group said it excludes those who were killed in the attacks who were not Christians. Lawyers for the museum say it has historical significance and therefore should remain.

According to the Huffington Post, the nonprofit group American Atheists claim that displaying the beam is unconstitutional. Member of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, however, say the steel beam, found by rescue workers two days after the terror attacks, was an inspiration and that workers "took solace in its symbolism as they searched for survivors and found mostly victims." The 9/11 Memorial Museum is an independent, nonprofit corporation and not a government entity.

So what do you think — should the cross stay or should it go? Tell us in comments. 

M.A.Dawson September 02, 2012 at 03:02 AM
It all sounds ridiculous. What are you trying to accomplish here? You are arguing with a nutcase who has nothing to do in life but argue. The guy has no life and spends all day at work tempting other to become a nobody just like he is. You're right and he's a jerk. Why don't you let it go?
Grant September 02, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Rant as you like Jeff.... Again.. I'm all for it staying but you have to realize that it is a religious icon and if you want to display on government property you to ALLOW other religious icons regardless of origin. The government cannot endorse your religion and the fact that your religious icon happen be cleverly shaped like building materials has no bearing in the discussion. Why do you care if someone wishes to plant a religious icon next to yours anyway?
Grant September 02, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Sinple enough Jeff.....since it's just about displaying wreckage how bout we display just the upright? That solves the issue... you get to display your wreckage and the government is off the hook for "endorsing " religion Problem solved! Dawson, Calling people names on the internet is a pretty pointless existence. If indeed you have something to contribute , please join the discussion. I'd love to hear where you stand on any topic, with the exception of me.. Hope you're having a swell weekend chum !
SALLY September 11, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Honestly I understand both sides. It is hurtful to go and see a cross when you feel attacked by christians who think the problem with America is the decent from christian values. I think if christians were more respectful to non-christians, then athiests wouldn't be so angry. But not all christians are that way, just many in the, especially fox news. I am athiest but I don't find the cross itself is damaging my beliefs. Let them have their cross. But make them stop putting us down. Stop saying whats wrong with America is the decent from Christian values.
Jon Curtis September 12, 2012 at 02:10 AM
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. (Romans 6:5-7 NIV) Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. "Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. (Matthew 10:38-40 NIV) The Cross does not represent Religion... It is a message of Undieing Love that anyone can connect to. Forgiveness. Peace. Love.

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