|Sent on:||Thursday, September 8, 2011 1:30 PM|
I have been asked to pass on the following to our members:
Dear Atheist Organizer,
For many of us 9/11 was a wakeup call to the dangers of religion. Now the government-supported 9/11 Memorial is erecting a Christian Cross in memory of those who lost their lives on that day. But what about victims who were not Christian? What about those from other religions -- and even those who are not believers? Is the Christian Cross a proper response to the ultimate faith-based initiative by Islamic fundamentalists?
American Atheists has made repeated requests to the Memorial that non-believers be represented along with Christians. We have been ignored. Finally in July we filed suit, demanding representation of all religious viewpoints at the Memorial, or none at all. Our suit has generated considerable criticism, including ridicule from Jon Stewart.
We think this criticism fails to understand the gravity of this exclusive religious symbol at the Memorial. Ignoring us, along with other religious viewpoints, resembles more the actions of those who destroyed the WTC rather than the American concept of E Pluribus Unum.
We have created a grassroots campaign of petitions and letter writing for this week leading up to the 9/11 anniversary. Please encourage your members and contacts to participate as much as possible.
Here is the link for the campaign: http://www.911memorialcross.blogspot.com/
At the bottom of the web page you will find the schedule of suggested actions. The rest of the page explains our case in detail. Let's stop complaining and start acting like a minority that demands its rights be respected.
Larry HicokCalifornia State Director, American Atheists