Judge rules 9/11 museum can include World Trade Center cross

Story highlights

  • Two intersecting steel beams that stayed intact on WTC were treated as iconic
  • Judge throws out a lawsuit by an atheist group challenging its inclusion in the 9/11 museum
  • Judge: Museum's display is permissible because the beams have historical importance
  • 9/11 "affected all Americans, not just Christians," says president of American Atheists
A New York judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by a group of atheists, ruling that a pair of World Trade Center beams in the shape of a cross can be included in a memorial museum of the 9/11 terror attacks.
American Atheists filed the lawsuit in July, arguing that the "government enshrinement of the cross" was an impermissible mingling of church and state.
The World Trade Center cross, two intersecting steel beams that held up when the twin towers collapsed on September 11, 2001, is seen as iconic to some.
The cross was moved in July from near a church to its new home at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, located at