Shortly after, the cross was moved to the Old St. Patrick Church one block northeast of Ground Zero and then on to a temporary 9/11 Memorial section at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan along with another icon of the WTC, the smashed globe from the WTC Plaza.
Fast forwarding through the years of clean up, planning and rebuilding, it was decided that the "Miracle Cross" would find its finally resting place at the new National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the new, improve WTC complex. But, some took exception. In 2011, American Atheists Inc. filed a lawsuit against the Museum to bar the cross from the Museum on the grounds of "separation of church and state". Since the Museum was to be partly funded by the federal government they argued that the cross was a nefarious Christian plot to indoctrinate the masses and would be offensive to...oh, you know what their argument was. The idea that they might have to look upon a cross offended their weak little minds.
Late last year, a federal court judge did not buy their reasoning and ruled against American Atheist Inc. They appealed the judge's decision (not surprising) and this week they got their answer. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued their decision this week:
“[Given] the absence of any evidence of ulterior religious motives, and the undisputed historical significance of The Cross at Ground Zero, we conclude that, as a matter of law, the record compels the conclusion that the actual purpose of displaying the cross in the September 11 Museum is a genuine secular interest in recounting the history of extraordinary events,”
So the Miracle Cross gets to stay to continue its life as a point of refuge and resilience for all.