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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

And Speaking of the Removal of Crosses...

Here is the complaint of American Atheists, Inc. and several individual taxpayers against New York City and other entities demanding the removal of the so-called "Ground Zero Cross" from the planned September 11 "Memorial and Museum."  The cross was actually a historical part of the rubble itself.  Perhaps in light of anticipated standing difficulties, among the individual plaintiffs' allegations is that the cross has caused them "dyspepsia, symptoms of depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish."  Paragraph 47.  It seems from paragraph 48 that plaintiffs are also, or perhaps in the alternative, asking that a memorial to the non-religious who fell on September 11 be added (I cannot imagine that this would be objectionable), though I am not certain about this.


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"dyspepsia, symptoms of depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish."

These plaintiffs must have a difficult time driving about in New York City, what with all the crosses on churches in the area. Or is it simply the conjunction of religious imagery and steel girders that causes these symptoms?

Posted by: Jonathan | Jul 27, 2011 2:51:43 PM

Jonathan, just to clarify, those crosses are not on state property. The plaintiffs are claiming that these physical symptoms have been brought on by the sense of exclusion and second-class status which they believe that this cross, because endorsed by the government, represents.

Posted by: Marc DeGirolami | Jul 27, 2011 3:08:02 PM


I figured it was something to that effect. Sarcasm, unfortunately, does not transfer well across chat boxes. Thank you for the clarification, regardless!

Posted by: Jonathan | Jul 27, 2011 4:35:29 PM

Atheists often cause those symptoms in me, so we should outlaw them.

Posted by: Fr. J | Jul 29, 2011 11:35:20 AM