The American Atheists organization has sued the National September 11 Memorial and Museum over the installation of the “9/11 cross” in the museum. In an extravagant example of anti-Christian bigotry, the organization’s president, David Silverman, said that it will not “allow this travesty to occur in our country.” This is another example of the goal of the atheists and even of President Obama to redefine the First Amendment to mean: it’s still OK to go inside a church, shut the door and say a prayer, but no religious words, artwork, monument, event, or action will be allowed where it can be seen by others.
Here’s the story about what has become known as the 9/11 cross. The 20-foot cross consisting of two steel beams had held together as the building collapsed on 9/11. The cross was discovered on 9/13 by construction worker Frank Silecchia, as many were searching for survivors and their memorabilia, and the cross quickly became a venerated object. The cross was treated as a shrine by visitors to Ground Zero for the next five years. Last year, the cross was sent to a section of the museum featuring ways that workers sought to find “meaning at Ground Zero.” Its inclusion is for historical purposes, not as a religious memorial. Yet, the atheists still say they find it offensive and filed suit claiming it violates the First Amendment.
So far, the law and Supreme Court decisions are clearly on the side of the September 11 Museum, not the atheists. The cross falls well within the guidelines for displays of religious objects that the Supreme Court has upheld again and again. But that doesn’t stop persistent harassment by the atheists. Christians had better wake up and realize how we are under attack and speak up forcefully in defense of their religion.
Contributing Editor, Phyllis Schlafly, is the Founder and President of Eagle Forum, a national radio show host, and a best-selling author.
Used with the permission of Eagle Forum.
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