‘ Three 911 Fire-Fighters ALL Die Together ‘

#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – September 25 – The FDNY on Wednesday was mourning the death of three retired fire-fighters who all died in one day earlier this week from illnesses they contracted in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

' Three 911 Firefighters ALL Die in One Day '

‘ Three 911 Fire-Fighters ALL Die in One Day ‘

Fire-fighter Daniel Heglund, Lt. Howard Bischoff, and Fire-fighter Robert Leaver all died Monday as a result of illnesses they came down with while working at the World Trade Centre site after the attacks, according to the Uniformed Fire Officers Association.

Heglund, of the Rescue 4 unit, retired in March 2003 after 21 years with the department. Bischoff, of Ladder 149, and Leaver, of Ladder 202, retired in May 2003 after 19 years and 20 years with the department, respectively.

Heglund died just one day before his 59th birthday, CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported.

Losing three fire-fighters on the same day to WTC-related illnesses is a painful reminder that, 13 years later, we continue to pay a terrible price for the Department’s heroic efforts on September 11th,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement.

NYC Resources 9/11 Health Statistics have shown that FDNY first responders showed health effects soon after the attacks, with 99 percent of exposed fire-fighters reporting at least one new respiratory system illness, the union said.

The FDNY has recorded more than 850 firefighters and ambulance workers with cancers that have been confirmed to be connected work at Ground Zero, the union said.

The firefighters’ names will be added to the memorial wall of FDNY members who died as a result of the attacks. There are already 89 names on the wall, according to a New York Daily News report.

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Ground Zero Cross: Court presses atheist group to explain why artifact is ‘offensive’


The World Trade Center Cross waits to be blessed by a Franciscan priest, New York

Well yet again religion or the lack of it raises it’s ugly stupid head. Why on EARTH can anyone be offended by this? What happened to live and let live. Why can a Muslim Mosque show it’s signs and banners and NEVER a word is spoken. Yesterday I did a blog about an American man being told to remove his American Flag because it might offend Muslims! What on Earth is going on. Why can’t people just be clever, the World’s gone mad!

https://acenewsservices.com/2014/06/21/us-man-told-to-remove-his-us-flag-as-its-a-threat-to-muslim-community/

A federal appeals court said this week that an atheist group trying to keep the so-called Ground Zero Cross out of the National September 11 Memorial Museum must better explain how displaying the artifact is “offensive” and violates members’ constitutional rights. The 17-foot-tall, steel beam “cross” was found in the rubble of the World Trade Center twin towers in New York that fell during the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The cross became a sort of shrine or place of comfort for first responders who often prayed there and left messages or flowers. It was moved away from the debris a few weeks later and became a tourist attraction through several years of reconstruction. American Atheists filed the suit in 2011, which was thrown out last year by a federal judge in the Southern District of New York.

The appeals court ruling Thursday cites an amicus brief filed by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a nonprofit law firm that specializes in church-state law and protecting the free expression of all religious traditions. “We’re thrilled that the court picked up on this issue,” said group lawyer Eric Baxter, whose brief argued that American Atheists had no right to bring a lawsuit in the first place. “Courts should not allow people to sue just because they claim to get ‘dyspepsia’ over a historical artifact displayed in a museum.” The museum officially opened on May 21.


Just my way of thinking

The judge has now given the plaintiffs until July 14 to file supplemental legal briefs before deciding whether the case will proceed. Among the questions that must be answered in the new filings is how the offensiveness of the cross, which the plaintiffs view as a Christian symbol for all 9-11 victims, becomes a “constitutional injury.” The other question is — if the plaintiffs indeed feel displaying the cross “marginalizes them as American citizens” — then how is that a “particular and concrete injury” compared to just “the abstract stigmatization of atheists generally.” The judge has also asked the plaintiffs to substantiate their claim the museum and Sept. 11 memorial are getting taxpayer dollars. “Taking personal offense is not an injury that warrants invoking the power of the courts to shut down everything you disagree with,” Baxter also said. “The Constitution is not a personal tool for censoring everyone’s beliefs but your own.”


This was said. How can this be. Is there an Obama Muslim Connection? Just asking what others think

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