There’s no question that religious freedom has been under attack for some time now here in America. From fighting to have nativity scenes removed from Christmas displays, to having the Ten Commandments taken off of public buildings, to suing to have memorial crosses places on the road for lost loved ones taken down, atheists and liberals have done everything they can to ensure that the public doesn’t have to see anything that even remotely symbolizes anything religious.
Ever since it was reported that the steel cross found in the rubble of the World Trade Centers was going to be a part of the 9/11 museum, the same people attacking our religious freedoms have been fighting to have it removed. The cross in question was two steel beams that stood above the rubble and provided many with hope after a devastating attack on our nation.
The angry atheists claimed the cross was offensive, and have pleaded with the courts to have it removed from the museum. Unfortunately for them, the courts told them that they had to provide much better reasoning as to why being offended by the cross is somehow a violation of their constitutional rights.
According to the American Center for Law and Justice:
“When the American Atheists first filed their lawsuit in state court seeking to have the cross torn down and removed from the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, they actually asserted in their complaint that their members were experiencing ‘dyspepsia [upset stomach], symptoms of depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish’ as a ‘direct and proximate result of the unconstitutional existence of the cross.’”
Their case was removed from state courts and brought up in federal courts where they dropped their claims of getting upset stomachs from the cross, but continued to argue that the “mere existence of the cross” caused them “depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish.”
Their case was thrown out of the court, and rightfully so. However the president of American Atheists David Silverman said “We are angry…” and filed an appeal. Now these “angry” atheists are trying to claim that they find the cross to be “offensive.”
Fortunately for America, the federal appeals court is demanding that this group of atheists explain how simply being offended is some sort of constitutional crisis and has given them until July 14 to file additional legal briefs before they’ll decide if the case can proceed.
The courts also want to know if they feel they’re being marginalized as American citizens by the cross, how that is a “particular and concrete injury” rather than just “the abstract stigmatization of atheists generally.”
With any kind of luck, the courts will continue their stance and allow the cross, which is a memorial to honor the memory of those lost during the horrific attacks, to remain in the museum and shut down these angry and “offended” atheists once and for all. With freedom of speech comes the expectation that at times people will be offended by what others say, not being offended by something is not a constitutional right.
Then again, explaining rights to the left is like trying to teach a poodle to speak Japanese.