I shared this picture on my wall on FB
And immedeately got into a rather heated debate with someone who commented on it. She is an Atheist and believes adamantly that the cross should be removed.
If the cross were the only monument, I would agree with her. But, as the cross is housed within the museum, just one piece among many, I think that it should be allowed to remain. It was part of the events that occured on and just after 911.
She says that since it's a monument/museum run by the government, it should represent no religious symbols. To house the cross, in her opinion, disrespects and oppresses the religious beliefs of any and all non-Christians that were killed by forcing the Christian symbol to be viewed in the monument.
I say that removing the cross is doing exactly the same thing she's accusing the Christians of: The Atheists forcing their opinions to be observed on public display above all others. My remedy was to suggest that if she wants all other belief systems to be honored at the memorial, she should come up with a display that represents that.
She said it would take too much time and money, that the only logical way to honor all religions is to represent none. And why can't I understand that?
I do understand that. I just don't agree with it.
I don't want to start any holy wars, here, but I wonder what you guys think?
And don't worry. I can handle being disagreed with.