Country’s first atheist monument to go up at North Fla. courthouse

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The Bradford County Courthouse in north Florida will soon be home to the first atheist monument in the country to be located on government property.

It began on May 3, 2012, the National Day of Prayer, when the Christian group Community Men’s Fellowship installed a 6-ton granite monument of the Ten Commandments near the courthouse on public property known as the “Free Speech Forum.”

The atheist group American Atheists quickly filed suit, eventually reaching a settlement with Bradford County allowing them to install their own monument, which will take place on June 29, according to The Raw Story.

“We have maintained from the beginning that the Ten Commandments doesn’t belong on government property,” American Atheists President David Silverman said in a press release.

“There is no secular purpose for the monument whatsoever and it makes atheists feel like second-class citizens. But if keeping it there means we have the right to install our own monument, then installing our own is exactly what we’ll do.”

“The monument is a 1,500-pound granite bench with quotes from Madalyn Murray O’Hair, an excerpt from the Treaty of Tripoli signed by President John Adams, and quotes from founders Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson,”  American Atheist public relations director Dave Muscato told the Christian Post.

“It also includes a 10-point list that parallels the Ten Commandments monument, specifying the Biblical punishment prescribed for violating each commandment, with Biblical citations. Several of the punishments are simply execution.”

The inclusion of Adams, Jefferson and Franklin is a furtherance of the myth that the “Founding Fathers” were generally atheists, agnostics, and deists. A myth that evolved from cherry picking the various writings of these men.

As is often the case, atheists appear to be as much focused on denigrating the Christian faith as on ensuring the separation of church and state, as Muscato’s comments indicate:

“The monument emphasizes the role secularism has played in American history. And the Bible quotes make it clear that the Ten Commandments are not the ‘great moral code’ they’re often portrayed to be.”

A celebration is planned immediately following the historic unveiling, sponsored by the Tallahassee Atheists, the Humanists of Florida, and the Florida Atheists and Secular Humanists (FLASH).

Family fun for all.


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