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This is a good learning experience for all of us on how discrimination works. Here is the catechism for the day.

Let's start at the beginning: Why was only a cross put up in the first place?

Because the majority did not even think about the other religions in America . . .no one thought: gee, i think that we should make this an ecumenical site for all Americans.

That's the way discrimination works: the majority isn't even aware of other's religions or non-religions. they assume that they should express their feelings in a public place, end of story.

So lessons learned:

a. devaluing minorities is an unacknowledged assumption in most social discourse.

b. the importance of diversity in widening the discourse.

Now that I've cleared that up, next question:

What should we do about it?

Don't remove the cross at this point. Include any others who want to honor the dead according to their beliefs. Including atheists.

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  •  It will be instructive to watch the response if (3+ / 0-)
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    AJayne, NancyWH, BlackSheep1

    other religious groups try to place symbols there.  The response to the so-called Ground Zero Mosque ignored the fact that some of the people killed that day were Muslims working at the World Trade Center.

    I also note that attempts to place other symbols next to the 10 Commandments plaque in Oklahoma is being blocked on the grounds that religious freedom doesn't apply to non-Christian beliefs.

  •  Well, while this atheist agrees that all people (3+ / 0-)
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    who died there should be remembered, along with all the innocent Iraqis who died as a result of us attacking an innocent country, nobody put up a cross there.

    The artifact is a piece of the building that someone thought looked like a cross. The fact that it looks like a cross is simply coincidental.

    I agree that if they are going to leave the cross-shaped piece of building there, they should accompany it with the symbols of other people who perished at the same time.

    I think a better solution would be to remove the artifact and put it in a churchyard. There happens to be a perfect one right across the street that already has artifacts from the disaster.

    Leave religious symbols out of the memorial. It was one angry guy who convinced some of his followers to commit suicide by airplane and brought down some buildings, including their unlucky occupants. It shouldn't mean anything more than that.

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    by pucklady on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 10:27:53 AM PDT

  •  Well, if it's being displayed... (0+ / 0-) an artifact of the building's wreckage, and not as a religious symbol, I say it should be displayed.

  •  I agree. All should be remembered (1+ / 0-)
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    not for what building they went to on what day of the week, not for when they stood, knelt, bowed, or made hand signals, and not for what books they draw comfort from.  They should be remembered as mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, and friends.  

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 01:50:43 PM PDT

  •  The cross should be removed. (1+ / 0-)
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    It was crafted to look like a Christian cross.  It was blessed by a Catholic priest.  It stood in a churchyard until being moved to the memorial.  It is a religious symbol.  That the atheist group involved in the the lawsuit and atheists in general are having hatred heaped upon them over this, is the very reason the cross never should have been erected in the first place.

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