NEW YORK (PIX11)—An atheist group is suing New Jersey, New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Chris Christie over a cross scheduled to be displayed at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in Lower Manhattan.
According to the American Atheists website, the organization filed suit earlier this week.
The cross is made of two steel girders and was found jutting out of the rubble of the World Trade Center following the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
The cross, while remarkable, did not move the atheists, who are upset at the religious connotations being tied closely to the scene of the 9/11 attacks.
"This cross is set to be included in the official WTC memorial. No other religions or philosophies will be honored. It will just be a Christian icon, in the middle of OUR museum. This will not happen without a fight," the group said in a statement.
Members of American Atheists maintain that the towers were constructed of girders that cross each other, and don't believe one section of that structure should be considered a miraculous finding.
The American Atheists said in a press release: "We love this country, and our constitution. We honor the dead and respect the families, which is why we will not allow the many Christians who died get preferential representation over the many non-Christians who suffered the same fate. This was an attack against America, not Christianity, and Christianity's (sic) does not deserve special placement just because the girders look like their religious symbol."
Meanwhile, Michael Burke, who lost his brother on 9-11, and F.D.N.Y. Captain William F. Burke, says the cross is exactly in the perfect place.
"It's a historic icon of the great American response of hope and cooperation of people. A true brotherhood. It belongs in the museum," said Burke.
Last weekend, the 17-foot-cross discovered in the rubble of September 11th was given a blessing, removed from St. Peter's Church and lowered into its permanent home inside the 9-11 museum.
"The mission of the National September 11 Memorial Museum is to tell the history of 9/11 through historic artifacts like the World Trade Center Cross, " said the 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels. "In the historical exhibition, the Cross is part of our commitment to bring back the authentic physical reminders that tell the story of 9/11 in a way nothing else can."