The Atheist American group tried to remove the 9/11 Memorial Cross from being displayed publicly, claiming that it violated the separation of church and state, but their lawsuit has been tossed out. Here is the reasoning why, via IJ Review:
The appellate court stated in a unanimous decision that the cross is historic as much as it is religious:
“As a matter of law, the record compels the conclusion that appellees’ actual purpose in displaying The Cross at Ground Zero has always been secular: to recount the history of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath.” —Circuit Judge Reena Raggi
“Thus, the Establishment Clause is not properly construed to command that government accounts of history be devoid of religious references. Nor is a permissible secular purpose transformed into an impermissible religious one because the government makes an historical point with an artifact whose historical significance derives, in whole or in part, from its religious symbolism.” —General Court Ruling Documentation
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