An Atheist group has filed an appeal to ensure that a cross-shaped beam will not become part of the Ground Zero museum.

American Atheists’ lawyer Edwin Kagin said the 17-foot beam should not be in a museum built with public and private funds.

In his appeal, he said American Atheists is seeking a similar object in the museum that indicates atheists died there, too.

“A museum is to show history,” Father Jonathan Morris said. He noted that the 17-foot beam became a place of comfort for many people following the Sept. 11 attacks.

The beam, found two days after Sept. 11 by rescue workers, is scheduled to be among 1,000 artifacts on display at the underground museum, which opens this spring.

Hear more of what Father Morris had to say in the video above.

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