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Banning Crosses, Erasing History

nawlins72 Wrote: May 16, 2012 6:33 PM
"Why do these people believe the 1st Amendment gives THEM the right to force their "non-belief", which they practice with all the fervor of any religion, on the rest of us." Why is it that people don't understand the concept of "force"? There is no FORCE in the absence of an action. Not placing a monument is not "forcing" one's belief on others. PLACING a monument is an action and while I don't agree that this is truly "force", it is far closer to the definition than the not having one. You have every right to express your beliefs on YOUR property, but the public arena is the tragedy of the commons. Because it's for "everyone" it's really for no one.

A simmering controversy surrounding the "Ground Zero Cross" exposes the intolerance and absolutism behind ongoing battles over religious symbols on public property. Contrary to popular belief, it's not Christian conservatives who normally start these bitter disputes. It's more often atheist activists who seek to alter the long-standing status quo by scrubbing the landscape of the most visible signs of the nation's religious heritage.

American Atheists, an organization representing the civil liberties of agnostics, filed suit in 2011 to block display of the Ground Zero Cross anywhere on the grounds of the new memorial museum planned for the World Trade Center site....