The American Atheist organization which had filed an appeal to have the historic 9/11 ground zero cross removed from the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. The Atheist complaint was that the 9/11 cross caused indigestion, headaches and emotional pain.
Ground Zero cross can stay at 9/11 museum, appeals court rules
Sarah Pulliam Bailey/ Religion News Service
NEW YORK (RNS) A cross-shaped beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center can remain on display in the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero, a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, dismissing a lawsuit brought by atheists.
American Atheists filed a federal suit in 2012 claiming the 17-foot display at the museum built with a mix of public and private funds was unconstitutional. The group said its members suffered from both physical and emotional damages from the presence of the beamed cross, resulting in headaches, indigestion and mental pain.
The atheist group filed an appeal after a lower court dismissed the lawsuit, shifting the focus from the cross to asking for an added plaque that would say something like “atheists died, too.”
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