My goodness. As if we don’t have more important things to worry about.
New York City has put up a street sign (Seven in Heaven Way) to commemorate seven firefighters who died on September 11, 2001 trying to save the victims in the Twin Towers.
A group of atheists, New York City Atheists, has challenged the street sign, saying it’s in violation of the separation between church and state. They are prepared to sue if the city does not change the sign. Their proposal: “We Remember the 7-911.”
How lame is that name? It shows no emotion. If the families of those firefighters had an issue with the sign, I might lean more towards taking it down. But it doesn’t seem they do.
The group also claimed that “heaven” is a “clear reference to Christianity.” It may be, but Judaism and Islam also believe in a heaven and refer to it as “heaven.” So the group is false in claiming it is only a reference to Christianity.
I hope and pray to God that NYC does not change the name of that street sign. I think it’s a great reflection of the morals and values our country was founded upon. It the group sues the city, I pray to God that the judge sees that it’s not in violation of the separation of church and state. It’s what our country is. The sign is honoring those firefighters in a respectful, powerful way, acknowledging the good that they did brought them to eternal bliss is heaven.
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven: whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19)