Atheist Group sues over World Trade Center Cross

by vincentfugnitto94 on September 4, 2012 - 4:47pm

Atheist Group sues over World Trade Center Cross

Vincent Fugnitto

Link:http://abcnews.go.com/US/atheists-sue-cross-world-trade-center-museum/story?id=14169830

           The internet article “American Atheist Groups Sue over World Trade Center Cross” by Reshma Kirpalani, details a lawsuit the American Atheists have filed in order to exclude the “World Trade Center Cross” from the National September 11thMemorial and Museum. The cross, according to atheists, promotes Christianity over other various religions and represents death and horror. Moreover, they claim that to include such an artifact into the museum would be a memorial to only Christian victims opposed to the 500 other Americans who tragically died.

           The moral issue presented in this article is whether or not the World Trade Center Cross should in fact be included in the National September 11thMemorial and Museum. The answer to this question is best understood when applying theories from a cultural relativist point of view. Based upon cultural relativist view, the answer to this question is subject to where you reside in the world and based upon your religion. In some cultures where Christianity is more prominent the lawsuit of forbidding a religious symbol of faith and freedom would be preposterous yet in other nations the idea would seem fine. In essence, since it’s a matter of faith religions such as Islam and Judaism may find the inclusion of the cross offensive yet Christians may not.

            In my opinion, the World Trade Center Cross should be included in the museum as it not only a symbol of Christianity but of life, love and respect. My perception on the matter is of course influenced by Western Culture, yet I would have no problem having symbols of other faiths presented in the Museum. In fact, the 9/11 foundation also has no problem presenting other religious symbols such as the Star of David and a Jewish prayer shawl, so why doesn’t the Atheist group have problems with those symbols. In my opinion, the cross should be included because it is part of the World Trade Center and for Christians; it represents a certain amount of peace in a tragic attack.