Saturday, August 6, 2011

The World Trade Center Cross -- Learn to Pick Your Fights

I feel the need to preface this entry with an apology for the long hiatus. I'm not going to make any excuses, but ... here are some excuses: I was playing in a lot of World Series of Poker events and I was trying to start up a few businesses/help another startup company grow. It has been pretty hectic. Now, onto the topic at hand.

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the cross Ground Zero, the site of the World Trade Center terrorist attack. Basically, a huge steel cross (a cross-shaped piece of actual rubble from the Ground Zero site, comprised of I-beams), is to be placed in the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. The American Atheists group filed a lawsuit over the inclusion of the cross, saying that it -- obviously -- promotes Christianity.

I'm of two minds on this controversy. First, it's obviously inconsiderate and inappropriate to put the cross at the site, since many of those who died were of different religions or were entirely non-religious. To put a cross at the site is basically saying, "We honor the Christians who died here on that fateful day." It basically dismisses or minimizes the deaths of hundreds of those who died. If everyone who died had been Christian, I'd be all for this -- but that's obviously not the case. If the Memorial and Museum had allowed other belief systems/non-believers to include their own memorial symbol, I'd be fine with that, too -- but they did not, and they're ignoring requests.

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