Ground Zero Cross Before Second Circuit Court of Appeals on March 6, 10 a.m. EST

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Religious liberty expert available for comment

For Immediate Release: March 3, 2014
Media Contact: Stephanie Caluag, scaluag@becketfund.org, 202.349.7226

New York, New York – The Second Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in American Atheists v. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. EST. Eric Baxter, Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, who filed an amicus brief in this case will be available for comment immediately following the hearing.

The case involves the American Atheists, Inc., which is suing the privately operated National September 11 Museum for displaying a steel beam artifact resembling a cross that was discovered in the wreckage. The cross became a symbol of hope and healing for rescue workers in the aftermath of 9/11, but is now being threatened via litigation because of its religious meaning. Last month, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed an amicus brief in defense of the Museum’s right to display religious objects in its private exhibit and challenging the American Atheists, Inc.’s right to sue in the first place.

What:              Oral Argument for American Atheists v. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

When:             March 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. EST

Where:           United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
                       Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse
                       40 Foley Square
                       New York, NY 10007

To arrange an interview please contact Stephanie Caluag at scaluag@becketfund.org or 202.349.7226.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions—from Anglicans to Zoroastrians. For 19 years its attorneys have been recognized as experts in the field of church-state law. The Becket Fund recently won a 9-0 Supreme Court victory in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC, which The Wall Street Journal called one of “the most important religious liberty cases in a half century.”

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