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Appeals Court Approves 9/11 Steel Cross Display

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 05:  During a brief religious service, construction workers stand beside the new temporary home for the steel beam in the shape of a cross that was left standing in the rubble of the World Trade Center five years ago October 5, 2006 to St. Peter's Church in New York City. The 20-foot-tall beam, which has became a symbol for family, recovery workers and construction workers, was discovered in the smoking ruins two weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001. It will stay on an exterior wall of nearby St. Peter's Church during construction at the trade center site.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit by an atheist group seeking to stop the display of a cross-shaped steel beam found among the World Trade Center’s wreckage.

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday sided with a federal judge’s ruling last year that the decision to include the beam in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum did not advance religion impermissibly.

American Atheists had sued the museum’s operators in 2011 on constitutional grounds. The group says it is disappointed in the decision and is deciding whether to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 17-foot-tall steel beam was found by rescue workers two days after the 2001 terror attacks destroyed the World Trade Center.

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