As an athiest I could care less really, 9-11 was a horrible thing to happen and if some people see it as a sign so be it. It's just rubble to me. I respect people's right to believe in whatever they want, it's when they push their values on others that I have an issue.
It would have made a difference. Without Jesus up there, it's open to each individual's interpretation of it. If you were to add Jesus then atheists could argue that Christian beliefs are being forced on them.
Would that have made a difference though? They're both symbolic of Christianity.
It's a metal beam in the shape of a cross... It's not like they put a Jesus statue out there....
It's really ridiculous, if you drive by any spot where some one's been killed in an automobile accident there will be a cross there too, is there really a difference, why should this be any different? It's a memorial for those who lost their lives, nothing wrong with that!