August 15, 2012
The legal argument is absurd. American Atheists, which has filed a lawsuit to remove a cross from the new museum at Ground Zero, is making some astonishing claims.
The atheists say they are suffering both physical and emotional damages from the existence of the cross. That's the right. The mere existence of this memorial has brought on headaches, indigestion, even mental pain. They even make a bizarre suggestion about erecting a "17-foot-high A for Atheists" to promote their non-beliefs at the site.
These claims are ridiculous. And so is the lawsuit. In just a matter of days, we will be filing a critical amicus brief defending this Ground Zero cross, which consists of two intersecting steel beams that survived the Twin Towers collapse on 9-11. We have a unique opportunity to not only urge the court to reject this flawed lawsuit, but to send a powerful message to the court: that more than 100,000 Americans are standing with us in this brief — urging the court to keep this powerful memorial in place.
If you haven't signed your name yet, there's still time to do that. Add your name to our brief now. We want to top the 100,000 mark. And we need your help to do it. Add your name here.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum already has filed papers with the court defending the cross.
According to the museum, the cross is an "important and essential artifact" that "comprises a key component of the retelling of the story of 9/11, in particular the role of faith in the events of the day and, particularly, during the recovery efforts." As the museum correctly points out: the 9/11 Museum is "not in the business of providing equal time for faiths, we are in the business of telling the story of 9/11 and the victims of 9/11."
Absolutely correct. Add your name to our brief defending this Ground Zero cross now.