Tuesday, July 8, 2014
An American group of undead, vampires, and zombies has joindered a lawsuit filed by an atheist group challenging the display of a cross-shaped piece of wreckage at the 9/11 memorial in New York. They want it removed.
A group called Association of Necro-Americans is on the offensive, claiming that the display of the cross is a violation of separation of church and state. Grrrrrnnnnnghk, president of the group, wants an "all or none" approach to be made: the memorial should represent all religious and nonreligious views or none at all. "Preferably none," he added. "MUCH preferably."
According to Dr. Peter Bergerson, a politics professor at FGCU, a true violation of separation of church and state depends on intent and location. Displays on private property can not be considered in violation, but when icons are displayed on public property, it turns into a question of "is it there for religious purposes or educational purposes? Or do they intend deliberately to display bigotry against deceased Americans, the most discriminated-against group of people in the country? Why, half the time we can't even vote!"
The 9/11 memorial is on public ground, but both sides are arguing to their defense. The Association of Necro-Americans has said that 9/11 was an American tragedy, but Christians and other living are the only group being represented.
With both sides entrenched in their beliefs, emotions can run high in debate. "Both sides have preconceived ideas and prejudices. Support and opposition are based on past experience. It can be a conflict of culture and constitution," Bergerson states, adding, "part of the political culture of the United States is religious values—particularly Christian values. Groups that fight these values are often unfavored."
In response, Grrrrrnnnnnghk stated that he and other Undead found the display "repulsive, repelling, and off putting," adding "I can't stand to be in its presence for even a minute!"
Original text shamelessly stolen from, and with apologies to: http://fgcureporting.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/remembering-911-memorial-stis-controversy-with-atheist-group/
Pic stolen from cracked.com (which has gotten MUCH better since it turned into a web site!).
Posted by (c)2014 Richard L. Kent, Esq. (MichiganSilverback at gmail dot com) at 12:01 AM