William Murray, the evangelist son of Madilyn Murray O’Hair, has a column in the Worldnutdaily that diagnoses what’s wrong with atheists who oppose the use of a cross as a memorial to the World Trade Center bombings. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to hear that he concludes that we just hate the baby Jesus and probably grandmothers and kittens too.
The cross of Christ is offensive and a symbol of death to those who are perishing, but it is a symbol of resurrection and life to those of us who have accepted Jesus as our Savior. There is no clearer example of this biblical truth than the outrage expressed by David Silverman of American Atheists over a girder in the shape of a cross from the vicious Islamist jihad attack on America of Sept. 11, 2001.
American Atheists has sued the memorial, claiming that the display of this cross, formed from molten steel as the World Trade Center buildings collapsed killing thousands, offends atheists and violates the “separation of church and state.” Such a claim is nonsense, of course, but it shows the depth of hatred that atheists have toward any public expression of Judeo-Christian symbols.
Actually, that opposition is pretty simple and so is one basic, undeniable fact that supports it: Not everyone who died on 9/11 was a Christian. Among the dead are Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, atheists and probably many more religions. The symbol erected to honor the dead should not be a symbol of only one religion. It’s really not that complicated.