SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 6:31AM

Rep. Grimm wants to make WTC cross a national monument

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Rep. Michael Grimm wants to take a large steel cross that turned up in the wreckage of Ground Zero, and make it into an official national monument.

What a fitting tribute to the hundreds of Jews who died in the attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as the dozens of innocent Muslims, and the uncounted atheists, Hindus, Buddhists and Hari Krishnas, to retroactively brand them with a religious symbol that meant little or nothing to them.

Of course, one could attempt to set up symbols for every faith. Grimm’s office already said the National September 11 Memorial Museum in Manhattan will also have a Star of David cut from WTC steel. But now we’ll need a crescent moon for the Muslims, a Buddha for the Buddhists, and something for the atheists – maybe that Christian fish with the little feet and the word “Darwin” written under it.

Plus, each has to be the same size as the giant steel cross. Or does the size of each icon represent how many members of its religion got killed that day? Is that what we’re doing now?

Or maybe we can just leave religion out of this altogether.

To Grimm, however, an atheist group’s objection to his plan is just so much precious nonsense. He said in a press release, “This cross was a symbol of hope and freedom at a time when New Yorkers were coping with loss and destruction in the aftermath of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil.”

Correction: The cross was a symbol of hope – for Christians. Jews, Muslims and agnostics didn’t pay much attention to it. And it’s not a symbol of freedom. It’s a symbol of Jesus Christ.

We have this annoying separation of church and state because the country belongs to everyone. You want prayer in school? Pray at home, where you can really cut loose. You want your kids to learn intelligent design? Teach it at Sunday school, where all the teachers believe in it.
You want to do something with the Ground Zero cross? Give it to a church. St. Paul’s Chapel in lower Manhattan is right across the street from Ground Zero. It’s Manhattan’s oldest public building in continuous use, and George Washington prayed there. Talk to them.
Originally published in the Staten Island Sun.

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