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Atheists protest against street named heaven

A new U.S. street sign reading “Seven in Heaven Way” has been criticized by atheist groups, according to reports.

In order to commemorate firefighters who died a decade ago during the 9/11 bombings, the new sign was put up in Brooklyn, New York, near where the victims used to work.

However, atheist groups are furious about the sign’s message, saying it may provoke people of different faiths, or those who do not believe in heaven. According to them, not all victims of the tragedy were necessarily Christian.

Atheists are requesting the sign be changed to post a more neutral name, and say they are willing to go to court if their calls are ignored.
By Kang Yoon-seung
Intern reporter

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美 무신론자, 도로명에 “천국” 단어 포함에 강력반발

최근 뉴욕의 한 도로명이 9/11 테러에 희생한 소방관들을 위해 “천국의 일곱 명路”로 정해지자 무신론 단체가 반발을 하며 일어나고 있어 화제다.

무신론 단체는 종교편향적인 도로명을 인정할 수 없으며, 조금 더 중립적인 명칭을 지정할 것을 요구하고 나섰다.

현재 市관계자들은 도로명칭 변경에 대한 계획을 표명하고 있지 않으며, 무신론자들은 법정 소송을 불사할 계획이라고 밝혀 귀추가 주목되고 있다.