American Atheists, Inc. filed a lawsuit in 2011 to keep the iconic cross-beam found in the 9/11 debris from being used at the site as a memorial or as a part of 9/11 artifacts. The cross was found by worker Frank Silecchia on September 13th. Today, it appears Mr. Silecchia does not believe the story of how the Towers fell. See what he has to say about finding bin Laden in the video below. During the clean-up, the cross-beam was moved across the street to St. Peter’s Church. Here’s what U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts said in her ruling:
“No reasonable observer would view the artifact is endorsing Christianity” because the cross is to be accompanied by placards explaining its meaning and surrounded by secular artifacts, the judge wrote. “The Museum’s purpose is to tell the history surrounding September 11, and the cross … helps tell part of that history.”
The museum, which is scheduled to open in 2014, will display artifacts including photographs, mementos, two fire trucks, an ambulance, part of the World Trade Center’s facade and the last column that was removed from ground zero. Source: Christian Post
Atheists aren’t finished yet. Their original lawsuit was against New Jersey and Governor Chris Christie and New York City and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The official complaint said the 9/11 cross caused them physical and emotional pain. They say will fight on. In the video, Silecchia gets to finding the cross at about 4:15-in.