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On the Cross Case
The Suit has been filed, the news has hit, and reactions are coming in. Now that everything has started in this unfortunate but necessary case, I thought I'd take a moment to reflect on some of the feedback we've gotten and the progress we have ALREADY made.
For the most part, the feedback is what we'd expected - religious people hate us, but seculars understand and support it. I am very pleased at the breadth of the secular support for this important suit, and as usual I don't care much about what the theists think.
Christianity, and in particular St. Peter's Church and the politicians in their pocket, have deified this piece of rubble because it looks like their symbol, and therefore were going to install this cross as a sole symbol of Christianity in the memorial.
At first, they claimed it wasn't a religious symbol at all, just a piece of debris that others found significant, but since we complained they changed their tune and conceded that this is religious in nature (otherwise, it's just scrap metal). NEWS: New reports are saying that they will be allowing the Jews to have a memorial as well (you're welcome). This was a strategic move on their part, because adding the Jews as another token religion makes them appear inclusive. However, according to our calculations, between 15 and 33% of the people who died in 9/11 were atheists. That's far more than those who were Jewish and Muslim, combined, so they've just strengthened our case.
This case is important for the precedent it will (would have) set, from the perspectives of a secularizing the cross and equality. If we'd let this alone, The cross would have been placed on public land, with public money, but remember the original assertion was that the cross was "secular." We maintain that the Cross always is Christian, and that calling it secular does not allow a government body to place it on public land without regard to church/state separation or Equal Access (this is what we are fighting in Utah). As of now, this portion of our concern HAS ALREADY BEEN CONCEDED because they brought in the Jews to cover themselves Constitutionally. Now, all that remains is Equality.
Equality doesn't mean bringing in one other religion and calling it over. Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and atheists died on 9/11, and bringing in just Christians and Jews to have prominent symbols is just adding insult to injury. We demand recognition of those atheists who died, if the Christians and Jews get such recognition as well. Otherwise, it all has to go, and we will have a dignified religion-neutral memorial.
The News spin is all over the place on this one, as we knew it would be, but remember, we're the good guys here, demanding nothing but equality. We are happy to donate a suitable and respectful display and pay all associated costs, and we won't stand idly by while atheists and their families are discounted. We seek only fairness.
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