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Stoelting Sisters: Push to Remove 9/11 Cross 'Just Plain Sick'

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Friday, 09 May 2014 06:04 PM

Two spirited sisters from Iowa are fighting to stop the famous metal cross made from the ruins of the the World Trade Center from being removed from the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

Stacie Ruth and Carrie Beth Stoelting say they are sickened by an atheist group that claims the display metal beams, which forged into a cross when the Twin Towers collapsed, violates the separation of church and state.

"It's so disrespectful, dishonoring … [and shows] respect for life, for those people who died on that horrible day," Stacie Ruth told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"Every American should be offended by this.''

Carrie Beth added: "This is just plain sick … You would expect this from another foreign country with strong problems and not America. Come on, we have the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We can do so much better for these families."

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"The Miracle Cross,'' as it's called, was discovered by construction worker Frank Silecchia and became one of the most famous images of the terrorist attack which killed nearly 3,000 people.

After its installation in the new museum, a group called American Atheists filed suit claiming that the cross' presence on public property is illegal.

The sisters, who are Christian recording artists and co-founders of the Christian Patriot Movement, says the 9/11 cross has brought comfort to all who see it and should remain.

"We should have our rights protected by the First Amendment as well. Just because they feel a certain way does not mean that we must bow down to what they say," Carrie Beth said.

"We believe strongly in the right to free speech and religious liberty."

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