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By Lee Duigon
September 20, 2012

Unnoticed in the total meltdown of our alleged foreign policy this September 11 was an ongoing jihad by atheists to forbid the public expression of the Christian faith.

In a 2011 lawsuit that’s still bubbling away, American Atheists Inc. demand the removal of the famous “World Trade Center Cross” from the 9/11 Museum and Memorial in New York City. Those are the two girders, attached to one another in the shape of a cross, that were found standing 20 feet upright amid the rubble of the towers.

The presence of this cross at the museum has the atheists’ knickers in a twist. The cross, they declare, is “offensive and repugnant,” not to mention “ridiculous.”

The United States not being Canada, yet, generally you can’t prevail in a lawsuit armed with nothing but hurt feelings. You have to show that the defendant’s actions damaged you in some measurable way. After all, anyone can claim hurt feelings. Why, it’s even possible to lie about your feelings!

In what way does having the cross at the museum damage atheists? Oh, you’re going to love this…

According to the lawsuit, idiots (oops, sorry: I mean atheists), because the cross is visible at a public place, suffer “dyspepsia” and “headaches” and “mental anguish.” To save them from being aggravated into early graves, they demand the court put the cross someplace where no one will ever see it.

Gee, I get upset whenever a certain politician’s face is thrust into my line of sight. Can I sue to have him put in a broom closet? But we don’t want to clutter up our courts with frivolous lawsuits.

So the atheists get headaches, bellyaches, and agonizing mental anguish, just knowing that the cross is there. Maybe they need a good laxative. I mean, really—what kind of wacko gets all these symptoms because he’s exposed to a religious symbol? If it bothers you that much, just turn into a bat and fly away.

This is not the first time atheists have told psychosomatic sob stories in a court of law. In a lawsuit demanding the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from a county park in Wisconsin, a few years ago, one atheist told the judge he’d had 60 sleepless nights, fretting and stewing because the monument was a couple of miles from his home. Just a tad obsessive, don’t you think?

Atheists love to speak of themselves as “brights” or “the reason community,” and other self-laudatory terms. But how bright, how reasonable is it to have physical conniptions because most people fail to appreciate your brilliance and insist on believing in things that you’ve told them are utterly stupid and primitive things to believe in? Being so much more intelligent than the rest of the human race, of course, exempts atheists from the humdrum rules of polite discourse. They’re entitled to walk right up to any Christian and say, “The whole Bible is a pack of silly fairy tales, and you’re a dope for believing any of it. And you made me get an ulcer!”

It is true that there are atheists who don’t do this, who are capable of carrying on a civil conversation even about religious matters. I count a few of them among my friends, and pray for their conversion. But what do you pray for someone who insists he can’t get to sleep at night, can’t digest his muesli, because a cross is standing in a public place?

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It takes a special kind of mean-spirited nincompoop to tell a Christian or a Jew that “Moses was no better than a Nazi” or that Our Lord Jesus Christ only pretended to be crucified. I suppose they think they’re hurting us by signing up their own immortal souls for an infinitely protracted stay at Club Dead. Maybe they actually believe that making rude, insulting remarks establishes them as intellectuals. Or maybe they just never outgrew being college students and being told by their professor how smart they were in parroting back his sophomoric blathering.

But it tops ‘em all to say you’re physically sick because you’ve seen a cross. Someday a judge in one of those slapstick lawsuits is going to put such claims to the test by having the plaintiffs sprinkled with holy water. If they break out in welts and swivel their heads 360 degrees while groaning “It burns! It burns,” the court will know they really have a problem.

And if they just get wet—well, they were all wet to begin with.

� 2012 Lee Duigon - All Rights Reserved

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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on


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The presence of this cross at the museum has the atheists’ knickers in a twist. The cross, they declare, is “offensive and repugnant,” not to mention “ridiculous.”