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World Trade Center Lawsuit Gets Thrown Out by New York Judge

by Associated Press
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jurgen proschinger, flickr

New York judge tosses lawsuit over September 11th steel cross.

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 rejected the arguments of a national atheists' group Friday.

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

The judge said the decision to include the artifact in the Sept. 11 museum did not advance religion impermissibly. She also said it does not 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 said the museum is pleased with the result. A lawyer for the atheists group did not immediately respond to a comment request.

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