Cross Controversy at 9/11 Museum

  • Aired:  03/10/14
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Atheists fight to remove the steel cross displayed at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, citing "mental anguish." (3:17)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: WELCOME TO THE

REPORT, GOOD TO HAVE YOU.

>> STEPHEN, STEPHEN,STEPHEN!, STEPHEN, STEPHEN,

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN STEPHEN!

>> Stephen: WELCOME TO THEREPORT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

GOOD TO HAVE YOU WITH US ONTHIS LOVELY MONDAY NIGHT, IN

EARLY MARCH.

FOLKS, SOME OF YOU OUT THEREMAY NOT KNOW IT YOU MAY NOT

KNOW THIS, FOLKS.

I KNOW SOME YOU KNOW THISBUT AS A PROUD CATHOLIC, I

HAVE NEVER REALLY CARED MUCHFOR ATHEISTS.

(LAUGHTER)IF YOU ARE TURNING YOUR BACK

ON GOD'S CHRISTIANTEACHINGS, THEN AT LEAST

HAVE THE COURAGE TO CALLYOURSELF A LUTHERAN.

BUT FOLKS, THE LATEST STUNTBY THESE NONBELIEVERS IS

TRULY NONBELIEVABLE.

>> A GROUP CALLED AMERICANATHEISTS IS FIGHTING TO

REMOVE A CROSS ONDISPLAY AT THE

SOON TO OPEN 9/11 MEMORIALMUSEUM SAYING THE SIGHT OF

IT CAUSES QUOTE MENTALANGUISH.

>> Stephen: YES, THIS CROSSCAUSES MENTAL ANGUISH FOR

ATHEISTS.

WHO WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE ACARE-FREE VISIT TO THE 9/11

MUSEUM.

NOW FOLKS-- (APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: FOLKS THISATHEIST LAWSUIT OFFENDS ME

AND NOT JUST AS A CHRISTIANBUT AS A LOVER OF GOOD

PUBLIC RELATIONS.

COME ON, ATHEISTS, YOU'REPROTESTING A CROSS IN THE

9/11 MUSEUM?

I KNOW YOU DON'T BELIEVE GODCAN HEAR YOU, BUT YOU

REALIZE THE REST OF US CAN,RIGHT?

(LAUGHTER)BUT, BUT FOLKS, PRESIDENT OF

AMERICAN ATHEISTS DAVIDSILVERMAN JUST CANNOT LET

THIS ONE GO.

>> PEOPLE ARE UNDERSTANDINGTHE FACT THAT THE CROSS IS

CHRISTIAN, THAT IT WASINSTALLED IN A RELIGIOUS

SERVICE AND ON CONSECRATEDGROUND WHICH MAKES IT A

SHRINE ON PUBLIC LAND IN AWORLD TRADE CENTER. IT'S A

CHRISTIAN CROSS.

>> Stephen: YES, THOSE IBEAMS FOUND IN THE WRECKAGE

CAN ONLY BE A CHRISTIANCROSS, WHAT OTHER POSSIBLE

EXPLANATION COULD THERE BEFROM A BUILDING MADE OF

RIGHT ANGLES TO LEAVESOMETHING LIKE THAT BEHIND?

APPARENTLY, APPARENTLYATHEISTS WANT TO HONOR LACK

OF BELIEF AT GROUND ZERO.

THOUGH I PERSONALLY THINK THEENTIRE TRAGEDY ALREADY

SUGGESTS THAT RELIGIOUSFERVOR SOMETIMES HAS A

DOWNSIDE.

JIM?

>> THEY SAY THAT IF THISCROSS IS GOING TO STAND IF A

MUSEUM THEY WANT TO HAVE APLAQUE THAT HONORS ALL OF

THE ATHEISTS WHO DIED ON9/11 AS WELL.

>> Stephen: LET ME GET THISSTRAIGHT, ATHEISTS, YOU SAY

THE ONLY RESPONSE NECESSARYFOR NONBELIEVERS IN THE FACE

OF THE NUMINOUS IS TOPOINT OUT THE AWESOME GRANDEUR

OF THE UNIVERSE,WITNESS THE SPLENDER OF

PIN-WHEELING GALAXIES,TO WONDER AT THE INTRICATE

TAPESTRY OF LIFE AND TIMEAND SAY THERE IT IS, AND HERE

WE ARE, WE NEED NO GOD,BUT A PLAQUE WOULD BE NICE?

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