You can pretty much guess what the subject is going to be on this page for the next two days. Feel free to pass it by until Friday if it makes you uncomfortable or angry, or whatever you feel about people who can't move on.
I listen to Curtis and Kuby on my way to work every day. Yesterday (or maybe it was Monday) they were talking about an atheist group that wants to remove the cross - the cross that came from deep within the World Trade Center - because it is a religious symbol.
Susanna wrote about this yesterday:
Now consider this: Yesterday a group of atheists in New Jersey began agitating for the cross at the WTC site to be removed, and not included in a memorial of the site. They cry "separation of church and state", of course, which is a construct of the latter half of the 20th century, not a Constitutional fact.
I heard about it on the radio, and dug around all four NYC papers, FoxNews, the NJ papers and WaPo without finding anything about it. But Ron Kuby, a lawyer and talk show host on WABC radio in NYC - himself an atheist and communist - denounced the effort. He said that, in his judgment, the cross was neither inappropriate nor unconstitutional: the former because it represents a lot of people who died in the WTC attack, and the latter because it would be a part of a larger memorial that is broad in scope.
I am an atheist and I said the other day, when I wrote again about that cross; it is not so much a symbol of god or a symbol of religion as a symbol of hope. Perhaps for some it represents the hope that their loved ones are somewhere above now, watching over them. For some it could be a symbol that we will rise again from the ashes. Yes, for many people it represents God, and for them, that is a good thing. Why take that away from them? This isn't a case of one person trying to force a religion on someone, it's not a matter of separation of church and state. It's a reminder and a promise and a prayer for the dead and symbol of strength and hope all rolled into one powerful memorial. Not a man-made memorial, but one that lay there among the victims, one that is forged of their ash and skin and bones, of the fires that raged, of the papers that burned, of the oil that spilled, of the ghosts that remain.
Leave it be.