It was a gorgeous, lazy, Tuesday morning. I didn't have to be on campus till noon. So I decided to lounge around the house and enjoy this awesome morning.
If you defined perfect weather, that morning was it. Sunny, barely a cloud in the sky, not too warm and not too cold. Never in my wildest dreams, would I have imagined it being one of the worst days in American history.
I turned on the TV just in time. Seconds after switching the channel to the news, I saw the second tower collapse. After that, life changed for so many of us. Now, welcome to the post 9-11 era.
I thought I lost friends and family that day. Luckily, everyone I knew returned home. Days and weeks later, I heard about people that weren't so lucky. Friends and families suffered losses, and memorials were slowly created.
People have used whatever means necessary to get through that day. Cracking jokes, family/friends, and religion to name a few. Personally, as long as you're not harming yourself or others, people should do whatever helps them the most.
Others though, well; they have a problem with that.
An atheist organization has filed a lawsuit asking a judge to remove the cross on display at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York.
The cross is two steel girders recovery workers created days after the attack. The atheist organization says the cross violates their rights at state and federal levels.
The president of the 9/11 memorial, Joe Daniels, released a statement saying:
"This steel remnant became a symbol of spiritual comfort for the thousands of recovery workers who toiled at ground zero, as well as for people around the world. 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."
Now here's a statement of someone who's, well, beyond awesome. Me:
"WHY MUST YOU BE SUCH FUCKING JACKASSES!!!" The 9/11 steel cross, really?!? Forget atheist beliefs for a second. Bottom line, this cross has helped so many people since the day it was forged. I've prayed to it, and so have millions of others. It's done so much for so many. Also, after the famous picture of the three firefighters hoisting up the American Flag, this cross is a big symbol after the ashes fell. It's given us hope, and a few moments of comfort after possibly the worst moment in American history. Why can't you let people enjoy it? It's part of history. It's on display at a museum. Stop being such assholes, and let people enjoy the sight of it. I'm sure you have bigger problems to worry about.