Here, in a September 11 museum, we are dealing with an artifact of history that looks like a religious symbol. That makes this case more difficult.
The 9/11 cross was formed by nature in the rubble made by evil men.
Where does one draw the line between sacred and sacrilegious?
In the decade since 9/11, the Ground Zero Cross has become a symbol of hope and healing for those who survived the terrorist attack, the families and friends who lost loved ones on that day, and the coworkers of the brave first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Atheists want symbols of all religions (or non religions) displayed if the cross-shaped beam is allowed to stay on the site, but their argument, while it has merit on the “everybody in America is equal” myth, misses the most important point: this symbol was found on the site, in the rubble.
Given the difficult and sensitive nature of their work I think we owe it to the people putting this memorial together to resist making the assumption that this item will be displayed as a religious relic.
I believe that if a religious symbol has to be displayed it should be a multi-faith symbol that recognizes the religious diversity of the victims.
Trying to eliminate all vestiges of religion from public places indicates hostility to religion, and that is also prohibited by the Constitution.
The only thing that elevates this 9/11 artifact above others, at least in the eyes of some, is that it evokes the emblem of America’s majority religion.
Government displays of sectarian symbols can give the false impression that our government is allowed to favor one religion (usually Christianity) over another or religion in general over non-religion.
Efforts to proclaim that religious symbols “transcend” their parochial meaning are insulting to believers and non-believers alike.
Here’s a way to deal with atheist complaints against the display of a piece of steel that appears as a cross.
The desire to have a cross is about anguish and hope, not imperialism.