Because… well, to quote Robert Anton Wilson: I’m sure that they mean well. Or at least they mean something.
In the days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, some workers and mourners at the World Trade Center site seized upon a cross-shaped steel beam found amid the rubble as a symbol of faith and hope.
For the past five years, the 17-foot-tall cross was displayed outside a nearby Catholic church. On Saturday it was moved again, to the site of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, where it is to be in the permanent collection.
But the move quickly provoked a lawsuit from American Atheists, a nonprofit group based in New Jersey.
I understand that some atheist groups feel that there’s a principle involved here. I’m frankly indifferent to their frankly over-sensitive sensibilities being disturbed at seeing a cross in a public space, but that’s just me. However, I also understand that sometimes these lawsuits are put together to “send a message,” even if the lawsuits aren’t expected to actually succeed.
Fine. But do they really want the message to be “Man, but atheist groups can be schmucks sometimes?” – because that’s what’s coming across, here.
PS: If you’re an atheist, you don’t have to apologize for these idiots unless you give them money, or something. I don’t apologize for every Catholic idiot out there, even though I could easily find a plethora of them…