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Why do Christians feel the need to put their religious symbols on EVERYTHING?

Atheists Vow Lawsuit If Princeton Erects 9/11 Memorial Featuring Christian Cross On WTC Beam

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A New Jersey atheist organization said it might sue the town of Princeton, N.J., if plans go ahead to erect a memorial to the 9/11 attack victims that contains a Christian cross.

In March of last year, the town’s Deputy Fire Chief Roy James obtained a steel beam from one of the destroyed  World Trade Center buildings. Cut into the beam is a the prominent shape of a cross. The firefighter wants to use the beam as the centerpiece of a local 9/11 memorial, which he originally wanted to put up on the same ground as the Princeton Battlefield Monument, a Revolutionary War memorial.

But the state of New Jersey, which owns that site, already nixed the idea. Now James, who is Jewish himself, would like to put the beam (pictured) on town-owned land near the site of a former borough hall.

The plans have raised the ire of American Atheists, a group that fired off a letter to Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert earlier this week. The atheists say that while they support a 9/11 memorial, displaying the symbol of one particular religion on public land goes against the First Amendment’s ban on government respecting an establishment of religion.

The group’s lawyer, Bruce Afran, also said displaying the symbol of a single religion in a public 9/11 memorial is inappropriate and could cause further psychological harm to people who are not Christians who lost loved ones in the attack.

“It is a simple but undeniable fact that vast numbers of the dead of 9/11 were not Christians and were members of many other faiths or were atheists or had no faith,” Afran wrote. “Such a symbol cannot be but offensive and alienating to many of the families and friends of these many dead.”

Afran said the atheists do not oppose the cross-bearing beam as part of a 9/11 memorial, but if “other religious and nonreligious groups, including American Atheists’ own memorial plaque” are not included on equal footing, the group will take the town to court looking for an injunction to stop the memorial.

SOURCES: Planet Princeton, The Times of Trenton, New Jersey Newsroom

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IhartU

Asked by IhartU at 9:45 AM on Aug. 29, 2013 in Religious Debate

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  • “It is a simple but undeniable fact that vast numbers of the dead of 9/11 were not Christians and were members of many other faiths or were atheists or had no faith,” Afran wrote. “Such a symbol cannot be but offensive and alienating to many of the families and friends of these many dead.”
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    charlotsomtimes

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 9:49 AM on Aug. 29, 2013

  • But they don't UNDERSTAND THAT, DO THEY? 

    IhartU

    Comment by IhartU (original poster) at 9:50 AM on Aug. 29, 2013

  • Now James, who is Jewish himself, would like to put the beam (pictured) on town-owned land near the site of a former borough hall.


    What does that have to do with "Christians feeling the need to put their symbols on EVERYTHING" when the guy wanting to put the symbol isn't even Christian, but Jewish?

    josiesmommy00

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 9:52 AM on Aug. 29, 2013

  • James is an idiot to the NTH degree.

    “It’s a symbol of hope and a symbol of remembrance,” he said. “It was never supposed to be a religious symbol. It was always supposed to be something that got people through. I’m Jewish and it doesn’t make me think of Christianity.”
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    feralxat

    Answer by feralxat at 10:52 AM on Aug. 29, 2013

  • I think it's disrespectful to have the cross on display. More than just Christians died that day - do the non Christians not matter? Also, the cross, IMO, makes it feel like a religious conflict, like the Christians are better than the Muslims they believe are responsible for the attack.

    Those are just the first two thoughts that come to mind...
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 10:52 AM on Aug. 29, 2013

  • To clarify, I feel that anything should be a symbol of American unity, and not a symbol that divides and promotes one group of Americans over other groups or turns a national tragedy into some sort of religious victory or proclamation over another faith.
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 10:57 AM on Aug. 29, 2013

  • I think this is done with the best intentions. Christians see the cross as a symbol of hope... among other things. I would like to assume that all they are doing is thinking of the best for the families (from their point of view) and not trying to offend anyone.

    People are too easily offended. Why can't a non-believer look at the cross as a shape, or an interesting piece of art and let the Christians view it as they view it? I really do not think this was meant to stir the pot.
    amazinggrace83

    Answer by amazinggrace83 at 11:15 AM on Aug. 29, 2013

  • josie- Doesn't matter if he's Jewish, he's backed by Christians who want it there and just because HE doesn't view it as a Christian symbol doesn't mean everyone else does.

    amazinggrace- why does the no-believer HAVE to view it as anything other than what it IS- a Christian symbol of hope they believe everyone else should look at and see hope. It's disrespectful not to mention arrogant and selfish.
    IhartU

    Comment by IhartU (original poster) at 11:26 AM on Aug. 29, 2013

  • I'm mostly bothered that they cut a symbol into the beam, permanently altering it. The cross was not there before the towers came down.
    anng.atlanta

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 11:32 AM on Aug. 29, 2013

  • Why can't a non-believer look at the cross as a shape, or an interesting piece of art
    Because it isn't. It is a universally recognized symbol of a particular religion.
    Just like this represents Judaism

    This represents Muslims

    And this represents Paganism

    feralxat

    Answer by feralxat at 11:33 AM on Aug. 29, 2013

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