Atheists want ‘Ground Zero Cross’ excluded from 9/11 museum

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'Ground Zero Cross'

'Ground Zero Cross'

NEW YORK — The 9/11 Museum opening this spring plans to feature the “Ground Zero Cross.”

But atheists say it should not be a part of the museum on government-leased property.

They’re arguing before a federal appeals court that the “Ground Zero Cross,” as it’s known, should not be featured at the museum.

They rallied outside the courthouse Thursday before oral arguments were presented to a three-judge panel.

Their complaint is about the 17-foot cross found in the rubble of the World Trade Center.

The two beams standing at the top of twisted steel and crumpled concrete became a sign of hope for first responders, victims’ families and thousands around the nation.

But atheists say it is a religious symbol and it should not be part of a museum on government property.

On the other side of the issue, the Becket Fund, which has filed a brief on behalf of cross supporters, says the cross is part of 9/11 history, regardless of its religious meaning, so it’s inclusion at the museum is appropriate.

A ruling on the case could be two months away.


  • Marco

    Get over it, What ever happened to religious freedom if it offends don’t look. Political correctness is what’s destroying this country. I Don’t ever remember a war fought, to provide the right , that, if it offends me it can’t exist! America wasn’t found on in Succubus, we trust. if the only thing people believe in anymore is nothing. there isn’t much of a reason to fight for our freedom!

  • my opinion

    Seperation of church and state! The US was NOT founded on “in god we trust” – learn your history. That nonsence came around in the 1950’s…

  • AKH

    This is a memorial to all those who lost their lives on this tragic day. If the atheists don’t like the cross, then they should crawl back under the rock from which they came.

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