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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 04:31 PM
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Freedom Museum? We need to put freedom in a museum?
Maybe, but I doubt that the "freedom" you'd find in a Freedom Museum would be any more substantial than what you'd find in a freedom fry.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4294396.stm

Freedom museum for 9/11 abandoned

Controversial plans to build a museum celebrating the theme of freedom on the site of the World Trade Center in New York have been abandoned.

New York Governor George Pataki said there was "too much opposition, too much controversy" over the proposal.

Some families of those killed in the 11th September 2001 attacks opposed the International Freedom Center (IFC).

They were concerned that it would commemorate too many other events, and might overshadow a 9/11 memorial.

"Today there remains too much opposition, too much controversy, over the programming of the IFC and we must move forward with our first priority, the creation of an inspiring memorial to pay tribute to our lost loved ones and tell their stories to the world," Mr Pataki said in a statement.
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Melodybe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 04:33 PM
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1. Considering that our elected officials could care less about democracy
the freedom seems like a relic too.
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kweerwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 04:33 PM
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2. A zoo might be more appropriate
After all, isn't that where a lot of endangered creatures end up?
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sui generis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 04:35 PM
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3. I'm so confused - thought this would have something to do with the
eiffel tower and those cute little freedom beenies and freedom bread and freedom dressing.

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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 04:39 PM
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4. You have to keep freedom in a tightly sealed box under armed guard
That way the terrorists can't steal it away from you when you're not looking.
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Ready4Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 04:46 PM
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5. It'll be nice for our kids.
"In this display case is the last known bit of American Freedom. It was found on Digby Wattlesworth, of Portland, Oregon. At the time he was standing on a street corner with a sign reading 'Make Solar Cells, not Prison Cells.' He was promptly imprisoned like all enemies of the state, where he remains to this day."

It can be in the display case right next to the one containing a paper voting ballot record.
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 04:47 PM
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6. As an artifact of the past.
That's what museums are for.
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alarimer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 05:03 PM
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7. They didn't like that it wasn't a whitewash
They wanted a "superpatriot" museum instead of one that actually talks honestly about freedom. Why is there such controversy over museums anyway? Shouldn't the unvarnished truth be told??? Does everything have to be whitewashed so as to resemble a Disney version of history?
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Kellanved Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 04:34 AM
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8. Yes, that might have been a good idea.
The idea of Ground Zero as a new office/shopping mall without any deeper concept or cultural side is worrisome.
"Putting something in a museum" doesn't take it away, focussing on the "own" brand of it might very well limit it.

I might be prejudiced, but just looking at the list of the museum's opponents makes it sound like a good idea to me: Fox News, The NY Post and the Wall Street Journal
The allegation the exhibition might be anti-American is the icing on the cake. ...
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