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Washington Post: Rabbi says Ground Zero cross should stay

“Ground Zero is a graveyard,” writes Rabbi David Wolpe in the Washington Post‘s On Faith section. “Yes, it is a national site and a place of competing interests, and a reminder of a peril facing our country and the world. But it is also a place where many people died and left no remains to be buried elsewhere. And just as a military cemetery is marked, in the poet’s words, by ‘crosses row on row’ so should a cross stand at this sacred place.

“The objections are more petulant than principled. As I argued with my cohort on ABC’s ‘the God Squad,’ Father Edward Beck, this is about commemoration and a declaration of who we are as a nation. Religious symbols are indeed part of our national identity. Barring them from this place which bears national significance is doing violence to our history and character.

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“We are not only Christian, to be sure. There will be other religious markers there, as there should be. The desire to have a cross is about anguish and hope, not imperialism. Those who find religion essentially objectionable will object to this as well. But that disgruntled minority should not dictate policy. 9/11 families have come out in favor of the cross. The nuisance suits of those who would scrub transcendence from our landscape deserve dismissal.”

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    It should stay—and perhaps other symbols could be placed there too. I’m sure that those buildings had a many, many faiths represented when they went down.

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