A US court has rejected arguments from an atheist group and ruled that the iconic cross found at the site of the 2001 World Trade Centre attacks may remain at the 9/11 Museum, reports the Catholic News Agency.
'The history of 9/11 would not be complete without including the impact the Ground Zero Cross had in inspiring rescue workers and Americans generally,' said Eric Baxter, counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in a July 28 statement.
'Displaying the cross in a display about "Finding Meaning at Ground Zero" is perfectly appropriate,' he continued.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty had filed a brief supporting the museum’s ability to display the cross, which was discovered amid piles of rubble by recovery workers in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York City.
Nearly seven metres tall, the cross was formed by two intersecting metal beams from the fallen skyscrapers. It became a place of gathering and prayer for recovery workers at the site, with many people posting prayers and petitions to the structure.
Since 2011, the cross has been part of the World Trade Centre Museum. In July 2011, however, American Atheists filed suit against the display, charging that the presence of the cross was offensive and marginalized them as atheists.