- - Thursday, July 31, 2014

As a middle-school teacher of social justice and religious tolerance, I was disappointed to read in your July 29 article “Saving The 9/11 Cross” that the group American Atheists thinks that the “Ground Zero Cross” should not be displayed in the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum. The museum was built to honor the victims and recognize the heroes of the attack. Displaying the cross is not an active dismissal of atheist survivors, it is simply an exhibition of items that served as a symbol of hope to thousands of people who experienced tragedy that day.

A front-page article (“Religious freedom rare worldwide”) points out the numerous faith-based atrocities occurring today, including militant Buddhist groups forcing thousands of Burmese Muslims from their homes and civil war driving nearly 160,000 Syrian Christians from their homeland. With mass religious persecution happening worldwide, perhaps atheist Americans can look past a hunk of metal in a museum.

DANNY HALEY

Washington