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All I’ve Got To Say About a Monument

Am I the only one who reads the article from Fox news, sees an alternative that acknowledges just about everybody

“Silverman said way for the city to avoid a lawsuit is to create a free speech zone where plaques representing all religions could be posted.”

suggested by American Atheists and works with each of the reasons made for using just one beam

“I’m fighting to have this cross there because I believe that someone’s story is behind that. That story needs to be told. It has nothing to do with religious faith. It has something to do with telling history.””

along with

“…There’s so much behind that. If we do not show the cross, we are leaving out someone’s story. We are basically saying someone’s emotions that day didn’t matter.”

and then notices that the alternative doesn’t even get a second glance, even seemingly ignored in favor of a method that has less work which not all people who pass by it may see, made all the more absurd by noticing details that would suggest the alternative might be fairly easy to do, such as

“James explained that in the days after the terrorist attacks, symbols like the cross and the Star of David were routinely cut out of the beams and given to family members.”

So, somebody can point to a group of atheists organized to promote alternatives that are more inclusive yet consistent with the reasons provided for using the single beam in question, and willing to use the law to do what they can to see it happen. I’m sorry if I come across as an asshole, but somehow that doesn’t come across as something to be worried about, or even decent criticism, especially when compared to the way one quote could be restated.

There’s so much behind that. If we do not show the Star of David, we are leaving out someone’s story. We are basically saying someone’s emotions that day didn’t matter.”

There’s so much behind that. If we do not show the lotus, we are leaving out someone’s story. We are basically saying someone’s emotions that day didn’t matter.”

One could go on with other images that could be used.

But, perhaps the image that might be most appropriate, and perhaps most overlooked, is an image of the flag of the United States of America, especially if such images are to be in the middle of such beams, for if the beam were to represent a mast, and the flag were to represent a nation, it would represent a nation in constant mourning and remembrance of what happened. While it would ignore what other nations lost on that day, they could have their own flags flown at half mast near the symbol.