Ralph Gullickson never found his firefighter brother's remains after 9/11. All he has is a street sign honoring him - and now a city atheist group wants to take it away.Instead of just getting along, some people really would rather get a punch in the face.
The Manhattan-based NYC Atheists are demanding the city change the name of a Brooklyn block christened "Seven in Heaven Way" in honor of seven area firefighters killed in the Sept.11 attacks.
"We weren't even able to recover my brother's remains. These little things like a sign is all we have left," said Gullickson, 44, referring to his brother Joseph. "How dare these people try to take it away from us."
"He didn't go in there that day and ask people what their religion [was] or whether they believed in God. He just went to save people," Gullickson added.
"It's disgusting and horrible," said Catherine O'Mara, 71, whose son-in-law Brian Cannizzaro is honored on the sign. "This means everything to the women who lost their husbands."
But Ken Bronstein, head of NYC Atheists, said he and his lawyers are mulling a lawsuit.Why not just ban the words heaven and heavenly from even being spoken in public. Would that satisfy these people?
"We are not against honoring anyone who died or served on 9/11," Bronstein said. "What we're against is the use of the word 'heaven,' which is a religious concept