by Susan Frommer | Top Right News
The controversy over a crossed shaped steel beam found in the World Trade Center rubble has Atheists arguing for its removal before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals this week.
The American Atheists group asserts that the cross does not belong in the 9/11 museum since the facility will be on property leased from the government. ”It’s necessary to fight this because this is inequality on government property,” said American Atheists president David Silverman.
Above: The WTC Cross as it was found at the site of the tragedy.
The suit was originally filed in July 2011 but was shot down by federal judge Deborah Batts of the Southern District of New York last year when she ruled that the cross and the museum helped “demonstrate how those at Ground Zero coped with the devastation they witnessed.” American Atheists is now appealing that decision.
The cross was first discovered in the wreckage of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, by construction worker Frank Silecchia. Silecchia said that the cross comforted him and quickly became a rallying point for first responders. The monumental symbol is 17-feet-tall and is made from 4,000-pound total weight steel beams.
“I never stood here before any media and said it’s about religion,” Silecchia said. “But I say it’s about faith — the faith that was crushed on 9/11.”
Above: Rescue workers after the 9/11 attacks pausing during their grueling work to pray at the Cross.
Non-believers can take religion away from this cross and it would just be scrap metal, like any other pieces of scrap metal at the site. What makes this significant to Christians is that the beams happen to be in the form of the religious symbol and remained in tact as such through that tragic and destructive day.
“To have a piece of the history that provided some spirituality, some faith, some respite in the midst of all this, if we didn’t have that we really wouldn’t be telling the story as it happened,” museum president and CEO Joseph Daniels
The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum is set to open in May.