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Good Friday: NY judge tosses lawsuit over Sept. 11 steel cross

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Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has tossed out a lawsuit that sought to stop the display of a cross-shaped steel beam found among the World Trade Center’s rubble, saying the artifact could help tell the story of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts in a ruling released publicly Friday rejected the arguments of American Atheists, which had sued the National September 11 Memorial & Museum’s operators in 2011 on constitutional grounds, contending that the prominent display of the cross constitutes an endorsement of Christianity, diminishing the contributions of non-Christian rescuers.

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2 comments for “Good Friday: NY judge tosses lawsuit over Sept. 11 steel cross”

  1. In the midst of surrounding carnage and loss of life, praise be to the judge who gave common sense to a nonsensical issue. Everyone of any race, creed, religion, etc., suffered that horrible day. Yet above it all, for a short while, every American came together. We pray for those who are still searching for answers, but I only hope atheists realize that God still loves them neverless.

    Posted by Jim Bertine | March 30, 2013, 10:18 am
  2. Thanks and amen, Jim.

    American Atheists is the same group who sued the National Park Service for years in their efforts to kill free speech by banning the Mojave Desert Cross that stands for departed California Veterans of Foreign Wars. Grown men wept over this assault and finally the matter was settled before Election Day 2012, so we’ll have to wait and see what the appeals court says about the 9/11 cross.

    Mojave Cross Land Exchange Completes Settlement Agreement

    Date: November 5, 2012
    Contact: Linda Slater, 760 252-6122

    BARSTOW, CALIF. – On Friday, November 2, the National Park Service conveyed a small piece of park land to the California Veterans of Foreign Wars, resolving a longstanding issue over a white cross erected to memorialize American soldiers who died in World War I.

    The Mojave Cross at Sunrise Rock was raised in the 1930s, long before the area became part of Mojave National Preserve in 1994. The cross became a controversy when the National Park Service was sued for display of a religious symbol on federal property in 2001.

    “We have a solution that honors those who died for their country and honors national parks,” said Stephanie R. Dubois, superintendent of Mojave National Preserve.

    After lawsuits, amended lawsuits, court rulings and appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately decided the issue in 2010. A lower court concluded the case with a settlement last spring: one acre of land at Sunrise Rock conveys to the California VFW while the park receives a donation of five acres of privately held land inside the park boundary.

    Dubois said the park has built a fence – with two entrances – around the Sunrise Rock area. Signs indicate it is private property and a plaque describing the memorial as commemorating all American war veterans will be mounted this week. The area is alongside Cima Road about 12 miles south of Interstate 15.

    The Mojave Cross at Sunrise Rock received Congressional recognition in 2002 and is officially known as the White Cross World War I Memorial. Road signs in the area will reflect this designation. Park maps will be updated as they are reprinted.

    Posted by Anita Crane | March 30, 2013, 11:56 am

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