Court Rules In Favor of Christians Over Atheists On 9/11 Museum Decision

| by Paul Brown

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has come to a decision as to the constitutionality of the steel beam in the shape of a cross being included in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Just as the federal court before them, the appellate court has deemed the beam's inclusion in the museum to be perfectly constitutional.

On September 13, 2001, two days after the horrific events of 9/11, rescue workers found the enormous 17-foot steel beam in the shape of a cross in the rubble at ground zero.

Atheist activists who call themselves the American Atheists sued the National September 11 Memorial & Museum back in 2011, stating that the display of this metal beam was unconstitutional.

The federal judge who initially presided over the case ruled that the display of the cross was in fact constitutional, but the American Atheists chose to take the case to appellate court.

This week, the court of appeals came to the exact same conclusion as the federal judge did last year: Including the cross in the museum's display is indeed constitutional, and the cross does not "advance religion impermissibly".

Edwin Kagen, the legal director of the American Atheists, stated during the original hearing that the cross is "a violation of both federal and New York law in that public funds will be used to establish the Christian religion on public land."

Ken Bronstein, also a member of the American Atheists, contended, "This [cross] is part of religious history. It's an act of religious symbolism. It is a shrine now. That miracle cross should be moved back to St. Peter's where it was for five years."

CBS points out, "The cross was a T-beam from Tower 6, which was blessed by Father Brian Jordan who served as the ground zero chaplain.

"This was a sign of consolation. It's was never meant to hurt anyone, hurt the atheists or anything like that," said Father Jordan of the controversial steel beam. "It is an artifact that should be included in the museum because it's a history museum. This is a part of the memory of 9/11."