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9/11 Museum Asks for Dismissal of Suit Over Cross


The National September 11 Memorial and Museum filed court papers this week seeking to dismiss a federal lawsuit brought by a group of atheists who oppose the museum's decision to display the giant cross-shaped steel beam that became a site of daily prayer during the cleanup of ground zero. The museum argues that it is an independent nonprofit, not a government agency, and therefore cannot impose religion using "the power of the state" as American Atheists Inc. had charged in its suit. The New Jersey-based group had said in its 2011 lawsuit that the museum was violating the Constitution's establishment clause and state civil-rights law by exhibiting a religious symbol. More.

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