Fate Of The Ground Zero Cross Decided

Lauren Burgoon
American Atheists called the cross, displayed at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, offensive.

A memorial cross from ground zero at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum won't be taken down.

A three-judge panel struck down an atheist group's arguments that the cross was "offensive and repugnant to their beliefs, culture, and traditions, and allege that the symbol marginalizes them as American citizens."

The cross was found amid the wreckage at the World Trade Center terrorism attack site. The 17-foot cross was made from beams from the North Tower. After its stint at ground zero, it was housed in a church until it was moved to the new memorial museum in lower Manhattan.

RELATED: 5 Iconic Pictures From 9/11

American Atheists fought to have the cross removed, saying it alienates non-Christians and promotes religion. The three judges disagreed, calling the cross a "symbol of hope."

American Atheists shot by Monday, saying it was disappointed in the ruling and calling the decision an "example of Christian privilege."

RELATED: Making Money From The Dead. 9/11 Families Outraged Over Sept. 11 Museum Gift Shop.