NY judge tosses lawsuit over Sept. 11 steel cross

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Associated Press

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 7:03 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has tossed out a lawsuit seeking to stop the display of a cross-shaped steel beam found among the World Trade Center's wreckage.

Federal judge Deborah Batts on Friday rejected the arguments of a national atheists' group.

American Atheists had sued the National September 11 Memorial & Museum's operators in 2011 on constitutional grounds.

The judge says the decision to include the artifact in the Sept. 11 museum didn't advance religion impermissibly. She also says it doesn't create excessive entanglement between the state and religion. And she noted that the cross helps tell part of the history of Sept. 11.

Attorney Mark Alcott says the museum is pleased with the result. A lawyer for the atheists group says it was disappointed by the ruling and would appeal.

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