Atheists were dealt another blow this week when a panel of judges ruled once again that the so-called "Cross at Ground Zero" could stay at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. A Manhattan judge tossed the American Atheist-spurred lawsuit back in 2013, and now her ruling's been echoed by a three-judge panel at federal appeals court, who say the cross is a "symbol of hope and healing for all persons." Naturally, the American Atheists are none too happy about the ruling, blasting it as an "example of Christian privilege."

According to the federal court decision, the cross—comprised of two intersection beams discovered at the Ground Zero site just days after the September 11, 2001 attacks—is not a form of religious discrimination. " [A] reasonable observer would view the primary effect of displaying the cross at ground zero, amid hundreds of other (mostly secular) artifacts, to be ensuring historical completeness, not promoting religion," they argued in their ruling yesterday, noting that the 9/11 Cross "came to be viewed not simply as a Christian symbol, but also as a symbol of hope and healing for all persons."

The American Atheists filed a suit against the cross in 2011, arguing that it is "a Christian icon" that has been "presented as a reminder that their god, who couldn't be bothered to stop the Muslim terrorists or prevent 3,000 people from being killed in his name, cared only enough to bestow upon us some rubble that resembles a cross." And they're taking this week's ruling to heart, via a statement from group president David Silverman:

The Court relied on the words of religious persons, ignoring statements to the contrary from atheists, that a Christian cross is comforting to the non-religious population. The opposite is true. Atheists died on 9/11, members of our organization suffered in lower Manhattan on that day, and our members helped with the rescue and recovery efforts-yet we are denied equal representation in the National Museum. There are no better examples of Christian privilege and prejudice in this country than this decision and the refusal of the museum commission to work with us to honor atheists who died and suffered on 9/11.

Then again, as Jon Stewart said back in 2011, "By the way, atheists, why do you give a s&@?"