For some reason, ABC News invited Father Edward Beck and Rabbi David Wolpe to comment on the World Trade Center Cross controversy and Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Prayer Rally.
In other words, they brought on two religious people to debate the lawsuits… and not a single atheist was there to counter them.
That’s ABC News’ idea of a balanced news segment?
The line you need to hear comes from Beck, who argues that the WTC cross is “more than a religious symbol” only to follow that up — seconds later — with “It’s not going to be the only religious symbol there!”
That distinction is the crux of the issue, and even he can’t get it straight.
(Of course, no one calls him out on that…)
Later in the segment, Beck says he opposes the Prayer Rally… but mostly because he thinks it should include more interfaithyness instead of just a group of fundamentalist Christians. Right answer, wrong reason.
I’m still in support of the WTC lawsuit on principle. This cross is a religious symbol and everybody knows it. But if a symbol that had meaning for Christians after 9/11 is included in the memorial, then other symbols (religious and not) important to non-Christians must also be included in the displays.
There’s an easier solution to all of this. Just give the steel girders to a local church. Christians who want to pray to it or treat it as a miracle can do so there.
We need to make sure the 9/11 Memorial represents people of all faiths and no faiths, since everyone suffered because of the attacks. Not just Christians.