The chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus has slammed a lawsuit filed by a group of atheists that wants a cross enshrined at the 9/11 memorial and museum in New York City to be removed, calling the group’s efforts “sad and misguided.”
Christian Post – Congressman J. Randy Forbes, representing Virginia’s Fourth District and also co-chair of the prayer caucus, issued a statement Wednesday in support of the steel beam cross installed at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in downtown Manhattan, at the site of the World Trade Center attacks.
The organization, American Atheists, filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to have the cross removed, or at least be accompanied by symbols of value to other faith communities and non-religious groups. (Oh yes, just what we need there, an Islamic crescent)
“The attempt to remove the cross is another sad and misguided example of incessant efforts to remove all religious symbols from public life,” Forbes said. “To remove this cross, a physical part of the history of that tragic day, would be an insult to the many who found solace in its symbolism.”
Forbes noted that the cross, made up of two intersecting steel beams found intact amid the rubble of the 2001 terrorist attacks, “has served as a symbol of hope for many devastated by the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history.”
On Tuesday, conservative legal group the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) said it planned on filing a friend-to-the-court brief on behalf of former firefighter and first responder Tim Brown in support of the World Trade Center cross.
We will aggressively defend the placement of this cross,” Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ, said in a statement Tuesday. “This memorial, a powerful part of the history of 9-11, serves as a constitutionally-sound reminder of the horrors that occurred nearly a decade ago.”
Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) also insist that the cross’s placement in the museum is legally sound, and claim that the American Atheists’ lawsuit “is completely out of step with the Constitution.” “Nothing in the Constitution authorizes atheists to scour the landscape on a mission to seek and destroy memorial crosses.”