Skip to comments.Court Rules in Favor of Ground Zero Cross, Rejects Atheists' Appeal
Posted on 07/29/2014 5:04:55 AM PDT by Kaslin
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the 17-foot cross beam salvaged from the wreckage of Twin Towers will remain in the National 9/11 Museum, despite the very best efforts of American Atheists Inc.
In American Atheists v. Port Authority of New Jersey and New York the group asserted that the artifact's positioning in the museum towered "over any other symbols in the vicinity, expressing Christian primacy." It charged that the Latin cross's dominance violated the First Amendment Establishment Clause and the 14th Amendment Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.
The judges found, however, that the "Ground Zero Cross" is a constitutional and an important symbolic artifact from the terrorist attack. According to the ruling:
"The stated purpose of displaying The Cross at Ground Zero to tell the story of how some people used faith to cope with the tragedy is genuine, and an objective observer would understand the purpose of the display to be secular...there is no evidence that the static display of this genuine historic artifact excessively entangles the government with religion."
This common sense ruling still comes as a major legal victory. Eric Baxter, Counsel for the Beckett Fund, noted that the court made a very key distinction:
Even though the Ground Zero Cross is unquestionably a religious symbol, and holds deep religious meaning for many peopleparticularly those who found hope and inspiration in its discoverythe government does not violate the Establishment Clause by recognizing and educating others about the actual role played by religion in our history and culture.
This historic relic will now continue to show the importance of religion in the United States for years to come.
violated the First Amendment Establishment Clause
How does having a cross “establish” an official religion?
American courts acting American ... priceless.
Meanwhile, other federal appeals courts sounded the death knell for marriage and family in the United States—with barely a whimper from conservatives who gobble up any little crumb that might fall from the table of the lunatic left.
Now about the kids using God in their graduation speeches and carrying a bible around......
Isn’t a cross of iron in this museum exactly an act of congress establishing a religion?
Sarcasm, of course. These atheists aren’t just mean spirited, they are supremely stupid.
Loving this good news!!!!
Those are examples of the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment, the Establishment clause’s long-lost brother.
The funny thing is that it isn’t a “cross”. It make look like a cross but it was not designed to be a cross. There are many things shaped like a cross. Do they want to eliminate everything in a cross shape? These people are insane.
Thank-you and God Bless!
One thing at a time, one thing at a time.
Look online for the origins of this cross in question. You will be amazed.
"Zumtimes a cross ist chust two pieces of schteel."
Another smack down for hate filled, militant atheists. Well done folks!
I remember when the pic was first published. It was amazing. But it was not made as a cross, therefore I don’t think the atheists could say it was. They are just nuts.
A rare victory... glad to see it!
Madalyn Murray O’Hair is tumbling in her grave...
OMG what an unappetizing picture that creates!
It’s demonstrative that Christ and Christianity are pretty much the sole targets of these anti-”religion” suits.
And you never hear someone yell “Buddha!” or “Mohammed!” or “Laozi!” when they hit their finger with a hammer.
good for them
Exactly, it is one of the cross beams of one of the towers
Why are you changing the subject? Post the article so we can discuss it
Because Athiests, like a heck of a lot of other special interest groups, raise a lot of money and attract new members by being offended and having that offense noted and discussed in the press.
The Athiests probably don’t really care whether they lost this one; they managed to use the lawsuit and the courts to generate much more press than they would have otherwise had. So mission accomplished.
I was in NYC two years ago. Muslims everywhere.
When we neared the WTC Memorial they all vanished. The moslem taxi driver let us out in what we found was the rear. We then walked around to the front. Everything was under construction so we could not tell where we were till we saw the entrance.
Can we now assume the WTC memorial will be both a moslem and atheist free zone?
Killed and chopped into little bitty pieces by one of her atheists.
When they came to strangle her I wonder if her last words were...”OH MY GOD!”
No, I truly believe that O'Hair and her ilk are those that Jesus said would be waling and gnashing their teeth.
Do they want to eliminate everything in a cross shape?
No, they are liberals/fascists. They just want to CONTROL everything anyone does or thinks about. They really don’t care about religion, it is all about power.