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Atheists File Lawsuit over ‘Ground Zero Cross’

An atheist group has filed a lawsuit seeking the removal of a Christian cross at New York’s 9/11 memorial site.

According to The Raw Story, the group, American Atheist, filed the suit in the New York State Supreme Court. The group says that placing the 20-foot-tall steel beam cross, which was discovered in the smoldering ruins of the World Trade Center after the September 11, 2001 terror attack, is a violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as well as the New York state constitution.

The cross, which had been sitting next to nearby St. Peter’s Church, was moved to the National September 11th Memorial and Museum site this weekend during a religious ceremony. A Franciscan Friar blessed it at its new home.

But American Atheist says that because the memorial will be funded by the government and built on property owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and because it excludes other religions, it violates the principle of separation of church and state on which the nation was founded.

“We love this country, and our Constitution,” a statement released by the group said. “We honor the dead and respect the families, which is why we will not allow the many Christians who died get preferential representation over the many non-Christians who suffered the same fate. This was an attack against America, not Christianity, and Christianity does not deserve special placement just because the girders look like their religious symbol.”

The group’s complaint adds that “the challenged cross constitutes an unlawful attempt to promote a specific religion on government land, diminishing the civil rights, privileges or capacities of atheist Americans, agnostic Americans, Jewish Americans, Muslim Americans, and all others who are not Christian Americans. Because the challenged cross promotes Christianity over all other religions, it also denies non-Christian Americans equal protection under the laws of the land. As such, the challenged cross is repugnant to the Constitution of the United States.”


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  1. Marjie LJuly 26, 2011 at 1:58 pmReply

    The monument can’t help that it happened to be in the form of a cross when the towers fell!!! They need to go on worrying about themselves and not the shape of this monument. GET A LIFE!!!!

    • Brett WilkinsJuly 26, 2011 at 2:02 pmReplyAuthor

      Just as a mosque at Ground Zero would offend many people, so would a cross there offend millions of freethinkers, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, Satanists, etc, etc, etc. Separation of church and state, my friend, is part of what makes this country great. Get an education!

  2. Avid ReaderJuly 27, 2011 at 2:51 pmReply

    You should not offend your reader in that manner, if you don’t want to lose the remaining three people felt reading your articles.

    • Brett WilkinsJuly 27, 2011 at 3:33 pmReplyAuthor

      How is this post offensive? Oh, and 41,189 people have visited this site so far this month.

  3. Hi + LoJuly 28, 2011 at 5:27 pmReply

    Poop Scoop

    I see a spec as the Atheist fly,
    Only poop they value high.
    They look down upon life and take aim,
    and curse to stink our nation to shame.

    Listen and you will hear this Hawk’s cry,
    Me, Myself and I fly high in the sky.
    All others below are like stink in dung,
    no matter how old or how young.

    Life to them is a big mistake,
    as they look through their eyes of hate.
    Their love is thundering poop crap,
    while they sit back and laugh.

    Many would not put up with this Kook,
    yet a few always fall with poop.
    Atheist worms slimes I am great,
    and loves a Hawk with tummyache.

    We can’t stop Hawks from stooping,
    as they curse America with pooping.
    Can’t stop these birds flying overhead,
    but will never let this mess nest in our head.

    Life is Past-ther-eyes,
    Where Poop flies can’t fly.
    Where worms can’t crawl,
    Yes Atheist doesn’t know it ALL.

    • Nathan CripeAugust 2, 2011 at 1:22 pmReply

      I am atheist and I don’t smell. I also don’t believe life is a mistake. I believe life and the human race is a miracle. It is much more wonderful to think that the human race came from nothing and rose to the wonderful thing that it is, than to think some man made us and controls us.

  4. TylerJuly 31, 2011 at 12:23 pmReply

    Just because it happened to look like a cross means it’s a violation of the first ammendment? It’s freedom of speech and religion.

  5. Hi + LoAugust 4, 2011 at 12:46 pmReply

    Atheism is poop that stinks,
    as a big Hawk blows and goes.
    One being dead without God,
    only stink is left to flow.

    For God is Spirit and life,
    that’s given to us to choose.
    When you choose death,
    then of course stink will cruise.

    God never forces life on no-one,
    you can choose poop if you like.
    Take this stinking shot,
    Mr. Hawk Death to American in flight.

    I might have to face worms,
    from such a sick poop.
    But I will never fall from God,
    no matter how you brag to shoot. Jimm

    • Brett WilkinsAugust 4, 2011 at 1:10 pmReplyAuthor

      I’ll tell you right now, so here’s the scoop,
      Your god, dear reader, is covered in poop.
      Your lyrical musings can’t obfuscate-
      Your imaginary friend the world did not create.
      No virgin birth, no zombie jesus risen,
      Your mind is trapped in a stagnant prison.
      The weak and the ignorant stagnate us all,
      While logic and reason and progress do stall.
      But little by little the ignorance fades,
      Still, not for you, you’ve got it in spades.
      So sad are grown men with imaginary friends,
      Too bad in our time such poop never ends.
      But logic and reason will rule the day,
      And superstitions all shall be swept away.
      I piss on your god, or should I say poop,
      You started this thing; no more will I stoop.

  6. Hi + LoAugust 4, 2011 at 7:07 pmReply

    Imagination is your boundary line,
    that you poop I can’t cross.
    I have the keys to a Kingdom,
    that for poop I will not toss.

    I hold my breath and step over,
    a Way past logic and reason.
    While you shoot off another load,
    by a high tummy squeezing.

    All knows your love for poop,
    to shoot at whom-so-ever.
    But why brag about it,
    with this poop endeavor.

    You might poop on America,
    like homosexuals and abortionist do.
    Remember Sodom and Gomorrah,
    is your repeat that America loose.

    You preach, curse and spit,
    to be seen as powerful.
    Like Goliath you become,
    never exsisted by your bull.

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