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9/11 Memorial Battle

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Princeton, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

A 9/11 memorial in Princeton, N.J. may not be built from wreckage of the attacks because it has a cross that was etched into the steel by first responders.

The Princeton Deputy Fire Chief who is in charge of the project says his goal is to honor those people who lost their lives in 9/11 but the controversy is making it difficult to move forward.

A group called American Atheist is fighting the project, claiming using the piece of steel would be allowing Christianity or religion to infiltrate the memorial.

James, who is Jewish, does not view the piece of steel from the World Trade Center site as a religious object.

"Many of the steelworkers or first responders as they were pulling bodies or recovering bodies from the wreckage, they were taking pieces of the steel, James says, "and once the people were identified, they would give that symbol to the family members."

David Silverman, President of American Atheist, says the memorial needs to be legal and all-inclusive.

"The World Trade Center fell because of religious intolerance against our freedom as a country, against our individuality, against the Bill of Rights and one of the things we must do when we memorialize the people who died on 9/11 is not allow religion to infiltrate and usurp the rights that were attacked in the first place.

A Federal Judge previously ruled against American Atheist in another suit, allowing two beams resembling a cross to be used in the New York City 9/11 memorial.

The Princeton group is proposing to turn the piece of steel so visitors would not see the cross directly.  That concession has not been accepted by American Atheist.

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