Wednesday, July 27, 2011

This Is A Little Silly

Really? You have nothing more important to fight over than this?

An atheist group has filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent a cross made out of World Trade Center steel beams from going on display at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
American Atheists filed a lawsuit this week in state court arguing that the group opposes the placement of the cross in the museum because members believe it is the only religious article getting special accommodation there.
The cross, made of two intersecting steel beams, was found standing in the rubble of the World Trade Center following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

I suppose you could look at it and see a religious symbol. Some people see Jesus in their Wal-Mart receipts, too, but that doesn't make the receipt a religious artifact. 

Here's the thing: nobody made the cross specifically as a religious symbol. People build buildings. That means they have to make vertical and horizontal pieces of metal or wood intersect at 90 degree angles (else the building goes all haywire.) That usually requires a cross-like shape.
The cross in question survived the attacks. Many other artifacts of the collapse will be on display. Shall we now check with any group representing 2% of the population to see if they object? Somebody's eyeglasses will undoubtedly be among the relics. Will people with perfect vision object to that? Pieces of paper, too. Shall we check with the "paperless office" folks to see if they have a problem with reality?
I get your point: it looks like a cross, was treated like a cross (it was even stored in St. Peter's Church for a while,) and has even been called a cross.
But it ain't a cross. Give it a rest.