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Atheists want to remove ‘Seven in Heaven’ sign for 9/11 firefighters

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EDITORIAL: The problem with atheists, unlike agnostics, is that they believe in something – including that they are right in demanding that a “Seven in Heaven Way” street sign dedicated to fallen 9/11 firefighters should be taken down because of its language.

What the hell are they thinking?

They claim the sign, dedicated last weekend outside the Brooklyn firehouse where the heroes once served, violates the separation of church and state. But their claim only proves the separation of mind and sense. St. Florian must be rolling over in his grave.

“There should be no signage or displays of religious nature in the public domain,” Ken Bronstein, president of New York City Atheists, told Fox News Radio. “It’s really insulting to us.”

This group has decided that there’s no heaven or hell. Fine. God bless ‘em (heh heh). Under the Constitution they claim to defend, we have a right to ignore them, too — especially when they insult the memories of people who died trying to protect others.

Jerry DeMarco Publisher/Editor


Of course it’s a “totally religious statement,” as Bronstein labeled the street name. So are lots of other things. So what?

Millions of people are packing baseball parks this week. And at a predetermined moment – that is: the 7th-inning stretch – “God Bless America” is played, and often sung along to by the crowd. And…?

To dismiss the reason for the honor as “irrelevant” shows an insensitivity that I simply cannot fathom. Maybe Jesus saves, but I’m absolutely sure insanity lives after hearing this one. Objects in their mirror truly are smaller than they appear.

“When you think you’ve heard it all, you haven’t,” Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz told Fox News Radio.

There’s a street in San Diego (whoops) called “Cristianitos,” but I haven’t heard anyone complain about that. What about the Navy ships named after cities named after religious icons? The USS Corpus Christi, for starters, or the USS Santa Barbara? OMG.

But let’s indulge the lunacy just a bit: Say the seven who perished believed in heaven. As far as they were concerned, that would mean their one-way tickets were already punched when they braved the most devastating terrorist attack on American soil, heading up the stairs into the fire.

After all, “greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

If all of their friends, fellow heroes and loved ones believed the same – and the presence of all the widows and many others at the ceremony seems to confirm that – then what’s the problem here?

Not one, single solitary voice was raised in opposition to this throughout the entire painstaking process of making it happen, including community board and City Council meetings. Then the sign went up.

Now, one group wants to make an issue, calling the honor “preachy.”

If that’s the case, it’s time for some changes:

“Ladies and gentlemen, the Lost Angriest Dodgers”

“Do you know the way to Ho-Ho-Kus?”

“The Spirit of ‘Say, Louie….’”

“I Left my Heart in South Hackensack”

Or take a trip to Bountiful, or to Nephi, Lehi, Manti, NOAH’S ARK or Kolob Canyon — all found in Utah, as well as in the Book of Mormon (no, not the musical).

I propose a sign specifically for the atheists: DETOUR.

Even better: STOP


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