By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/28/2013 (1 year ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Atheists are threatening to sue a Jewish man if he displays a 9-11 artifact marked with a cross in a public space. The Trenton, NJ Firefighter is simply trying to honor others who suffered and died on that day.
TRENTON, NJ (Catholic Online) - Princeton Deputy Fire Chief Roy James, hopes to erect a memorial to those who died on 9-11 using a beam selected from the World Trade Center with the shape of a cross cut out of it.
Following the disaster, many crosses and Stars of David were cut from beams and given to family members.
The plan is to erect the bean at a public space so others can visit the memorial and experience a piece of history and contemplate the events of that day.
However, the American Atheists, led by David Silverman, says the display would be "offensive."
"I'm a Jew," James told Fox News. "Ironically, I'm fighting to have this cross there because I believe that someone's story is behind that. That story needs to be told. It has nothing to do with religious faith. It has something to do with telling history."
"We got a historic piece," James continued. "There's so much behind that. If we do not show the cross, we are leaving out someone's story. We are basically saying someone's emotions that day didn't matter."
Silverman objects to the display because not everyone who died that day was Christian. Just as Christians died, so too did Jews, Muslims, and probably atheists. He also objects to the display on public property because it could represent a government endorsement of religion.
As an alternative, Silverman suggested a public free speech area where monuments from all religions could be erected. Of course, this would also allow for a backdoor move by the atheists to erect a monument of their own.
Nobody would have any objection to a genuine atheist monument to the memory of the dead and the tragedy of that day, however what's more likely is that their monument would simply be a debater's response to the original.
A similar thing happened in Florida, where a Ten Commandments display was approved in front of a courthouse. Atheists retaliated by posting their own display, including quotes that were intended to criticize the Ten Commandments display.
Now, the Trenton City Council and mayor must decide if the memorial is worth the fight. American Atheists is known for its lawsuits over famous issues and this would make a case worthy of national attention. Rather than fight the case, Trenton may find it easier to fold and do nothing.
While that takes away the spotlight from the atheists, it also means a well-intended memorial won't be erected, at least not on public property where all can experience it.
Interestingly, the 9-11 attacks were a product of religious extremism. Now a new form of extremism threatens to keep a well-intentioned memorial from display. Perhaps it isn't religion that's bad -but extremism?
Now there's a lesson worth sharing.
By Kevin J. Jones, CNA/EWTN News
The Boy Scouts of America is moving to change its leadership standards in order to allow openly homosexual adult leaders and volunteers. While the organization promises that individual church-affiliated councils can choose their own leaders, at least one critic ... continue reading
By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
First there was a video revealing Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola casually discussing selling aborted baby organs over lunch, and admitting to using partial-birth abortions to get her hands on intact ... continue reading
By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Planned Parenthood's website was hacked by a group of hackers who managed to gain access into Planned Parenthood and acquire the site's databases, including the names and email addresses of employees. These details were released by the hackers to the public. MUNTINLUPA ... continue reading
By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Under the windshield wiper of a car, owned by an unidentified serviceman, was a note warning the military of a revenge under investigation. Authorities believe the car was targeted because of the license plate identified the owner is a part of the military service. ... continue reading
By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
A Missouri sheriff made the decision to adorn all of his station's police patrol cars with the words, "In God We Trust." It has quickly sparked up a major debate and inevitably, atheist activists are quite frustrated about it. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES -The Missouri ... continue reading
By Keith A Fournier
Dana Milbank was wrong in insinuating that Rick Santorum's use of the third person in referring to his campaign was akin to a - royal we. To the contrary, it reveals the heart of a humble man who deeply cares about others. Humility is such a rare quality these days ... continue reading
By Matt C. Abbott
Granted, the Church's infallible teaching on the intrinsic immorality of contraception is derided by the libertine left, and too few Catholics assent to it. (At least some of the blame for this sad reality falls on weak and dissident clergy, but that's a subject ... continue reading
By Ken Blackwell
In two startling videos, we have seen Planned Parenthood leaders engaged in a ghoulish traffic in the organs of unborn children whom they have killed. My colleague at Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, discussed this horror on his recent radio show in an ... continue reading
By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
A man was found dead and decomposing inside his car, parked in a neighborhood in Southern California last Friday. Apparently, he had already been dead for two weeks when he was discovered. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - CBS Sacramento Local reported that ... continue reading
By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
A 68-year-old man has drugged a young girl, sexually assaulted her with sharp objects and sucked fat from her stomach to inject into her breasts over a devastating span of six years. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - According to the police, Louis Romano ... continue reading