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WTC Widow Supports Freedom Center’s Proposal for a Smaller More Focused Museum

July 14 2005 at 9:39 AM

The Freedom Center in a letter from a WTC widow says the museum will be smaller and more focused on 911.

The move was immediately dismissed by 14 major family organizations according to Takebackthememorial.org. The organizations note that no museum should be on Ground Zero that is not directly connected to 911 and they also note the proposed museum would crowd the memorial — positions we have held for two years.

Further the New York Post denounced the move outright in an article entitled “Promises Promises”:

Let’s cut to the chase: Bernstein and Berry are heavy on rhetoric, but light on quantifiable assurances. That’s because they can’t offer credible guarantees.

However sincere they may be — and there is real reason to doubt that Bernstein is doing anything but blowing smoke — they fail to convincingly explain how they mean to evict the America-bashers from Ground Zero once they’ve gained a toehold.

Even Gov. Pataki — who probably won’t be governor soon, anyway — can’t do that.
The First Amendment, properly so, would prevent it.

So the only foolproof way to ensure that Ground Zero won’t be used for inappropriate purposes is to keep “educational” centers like the IFC off-site in the first place.

It’s best not to take chances with public money — and sacred public ground.

Keep the IFC away from Ground Zero.

The Center’s defense came in the form of a July 6 letter to LMDC Director from Tom A. Bernstein (Co-Founder & Chairman of the Freedom Center) and Paula Grant Berry, a WTC widow who is vice chair of the Freedom Center.

Bernstein and Berry are both also members of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. Although the Foundation is officially a private organization it’s internal debate is getting much publicity after Debra Burlingame also a member opposed the Center in an op ed piece in the Wall Street Journal citing concerns that it would overly politicize and hijack the site.

As per usual, we have no opposition to the Freedom Center being located someplace in New York. We just don’t want it at Ground Zero.

New York Papers Supporting:
Daily News - Freedom Center’s pledge of allegiance
NY Times

NY Observer (Heroes)


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