Petition Closed

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.

Letter to
9/11 Memorial Foundation 9/11 Memorial Foundation
City of New York City of New York
U.S. Senate
and 4 others
New York State House
New York State Senate
President of the United States
New York Governor
I just signed the following petition addressed to: 9/11 Memorial Foundation.

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We call on you to remove the Christian girder cross from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

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 16-foot, 4,000 pound 'girder cross' that was found at the World Trade Center site undermines this unity. Despite its professed intent, the cross does not represent all Americans or even all victims of the WTC attacks. It mocks the fact that almost 3,000 people perished in the WTC attacks without any divine intervention. It also a grim and gory reminder of one of the causes of the attacks of the WTC, that of religious sectarianism. 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 also represents a gross violation of church-state separation. The cross was taken off of the WTC attack site and 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. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is a public institution intended to represent all Americans and all 9/11 vicitms and funded by taxpayer dollars. But more than 1,000 of the victims of the WTC were non-Christian, as documented by their own families. At the museum installation, an exclusive private religious ceremony was held by a Franciscan friar 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. There is little doubt that the primary intent of this cross was to introduce and promote Christianity through the memorial, in blatant violation of the US and NY Constitutions.

We urge you to reverse this outrage of discrimination and religious bigotry and restore the 9/11 Memorial to represent ALL Americans.
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Sincerely,