Last Friday’s standing-room only hearing before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission was among the most dramatic I’ve witnessed. There was outrage – outrage not just from me as I declared the State Department “AWOL” in our quest to free an American Pastor, Saeed Abedini — a U.S. citizen — captured by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard […]
It now appears we have less than two weeks to file our amicus brief backing the cross at the new Ground Zero museum – a cross being challenged in court by the American Atheists. As I told you last week, when the atheist group filed suit, we will be representing former NYC firefighter and first responder Tim Brown on the friend-of-the-court brief.
We’re also going to represent thousands of Americans who stand with us – who want to support the cross – those who sign on to our Committee to Protect the Ground Zero Cross. You can add your name here.
It’s our view that this lawsuit is without merit and should be tossed out of court. Consider what’s at issue here: A cross formed by two intersecting steel beams that survived the Twin Towers collapse on 9-11.
We’ve produced a short legal summation of the lawsuit which is posted here. The entire complaint, posted here, makes a ridiculous claim. It claims their plaintiffs are suffering both physical and emotional damages from the existence of the cross. That’s right, the mere existence of the cross has brought on headaches, indigestion, even mental pain. And one of the plaintiffs, Jane Everhart, derided the cross as nothing more than “ugly piece of wreckage” that “does not represent anything … but horror and death.”
Talk about offensive.
This cross memorial is a part of 9-11 history – a symbol that has deep meaning and serves as a powerful remembrance. The cross – not just a symbol of our faith, but also a symbol of our freedom. In addition to the baseless claims made in the lawsuit, the facts are clear: this kind of memorial does not violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Most Americans understand this kind of challenge is nothing more than another spoke in the wheel of the anti-God strategy used by these atheists groups. And, most Americans don’t want atheists re-writing our Constitution.
We’re confident the court will see this suit for exactly what it is – a flawed filing that is a waste of time and a waste of judicial resources. In the end, the court should toss out this lawsuit.