Remove the Christian "Girder Cross" from the 9/11 Memorial!
  • Petitioned 9/11 Memorial Foundation

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Remove the Christian "Girder Cross" from the 9/11 Memorial!

    1. S Bjorn Echman
    2. Petition by

      S Bjorn Echman

      Los Angeles, CA

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum was intended to reflect and memorialize the profound impact that the 9/11 attacks had on all Americans and a call for peace, unity, and understanding. It was authorized by Congress and funded mostly by taxpayer dollars.

The 20-foot, 10-ton 'girder cross' that was found at the World Trade Center site (one of many, most of which were simply disposed of) installed in the 9/11 memorial betrays and belies this inclusivity. Despite its intent, the cross does not represent all Americans or even all victims of the WTC attacks. The girder cross is divisive because of its exclusivity of speaking only to and for Christians and therefore inappropriate to include in a memorial that is intended to represent and support all Americans.

The cross was preserved by a religious organization and worshipped as a religious symbol at the church site prior to its return to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in July 2011. At the museum installation, an exclusive private religious ceremony was held to 'consecrate' the girder cross in the museum. This despite repeated calls and attempts by civil-rights organizations over the past 9 years objecting to this intent as offensive, exclusionary, and unconstitutional.

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    • Carlos Gonzalez STERLING, VA
      • about 3 years ago

      Why should a memorial for almost 3,000 people be directed to only a specific group??!?!?

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    • Kurt Weikel SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      To object to this absolute foolishness.

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    • Jorgen Andersen ELK RIDGE, UT
      • about 3 years ago

      Because it's the right thing to do.

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    • Paul Turvill OAK HARBOR, WA
      • about 3 years ago

      A "cross" is a Christian symbol, and its display is a clear violation of the Establishmet Clause of the Constitution. Where is the structural steel Star of David for the Jews who died? Where are the sacred symbols for the Muslims, Hindus, and members of other faiths who were victims of the 9-11 attacks?

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    • David Mares SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      This country was founded by people escaping religious persecution. Doing this will provoke more attacks by other religious rebels that hate America. Out of sight, out of mind.

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