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

Bradford County 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.

Tom Tillison

Tom Tillison

Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review.
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  • Brian

    The only natural response for the Christian group Community Men’s Fellowship is; to place a cross right directly behind, abutting the atheist monument. The cross represents the coming of Christ (the death, burial, and resurrection), who came to fulfill the Law (Old Testament) because we are incapable of fulfilling it on our own accord.

    It is fascinating to me how some people think that they are such big, deep thinkers. When in all actuality, they are just playing with words! Any Christian with a decent understanding of the Bible can point where the American Atheists group has erred in their ways.

  • B-Rye

    Actually, religious belief and level of education have been shown to have a negative correlation.

    • uselogic


      • Scott M.

        It's true. In the US at least, more education leads to lower levels of religiosity. But then again, so does age. The younger you are, the less likely you are to be religious.

        • BT

          Harvard educated lawyer here. Deeply religious. Just saying.

        • Christian man Dan

          I have my MBA and wife has doctorate in education.

        • Matt

          Are you college educated Christians also intelligent enough to know that your anecdotal evidence does not prove anything?

          I am also college educated, in my fifth year as a teacher, and I do not believe in Jesus. Did that just prove something? Only that you don't understand logical fallacies.

          • Wobblyone

            It proved to me that you are not a fit and proper person to have the responsibility of teaching my children ANYTHING. You should never have been accepted as a teacher.

        • Matt

          Wobhlyone, On what grounds should I not be a teacher? A good portion of my students think I am a Christian, because I use examples from Christianity that connect with their own lives. Oh, did you assume I am a science teacher? I'm not. We don't talk about Creationism or Evolution.

          However, I do encourage students to develop critical thinking skills. This means my Christian students become better at defending their beliefs, while students of other faiths and atheists become better at defending theirs.

          My own children happen to be Christians, and I support their decision to follow Jesus. Would you support your children if they believed something other than what you believe? Of course not.

          So, thank GOD I'm the one teaching your kids, and not you.

    • Christian man Dan

      Education has no barring on religion. Education has no barring on Faith, wealth, prominence, and so on. Our commandments should be respected by all because they are the most basic stepping stones to living right. This could simply be a reflection of what these atheist groups believe. Adultery, murder, stealing are all okay. As a man of faith it makes no difference to me. I do feel the money could have been spent on filling the great commission. Our lord cares nothing about monuments or other trivial things. He wants us to follow the path and do work on the way. Pray for these groups. Our God is so great that he will always overcome. God bless and God Speed.

  • Mary

    Good ! It'll give the pigeons a place to poop and keep them off the biblical one.

  • addis

    Paint! Truly this crap has gone way to far!!!

  • http://NA Bob

    This nation is crumbling and they are removing God from everywhere. God help US!

  • jim

    Will there be a Maypole?

  • Sinjin Smythe

    This is a wonderful development. Really quite hopeful. It means the day when all religion has been placed on the ash heap of tired old bad ideas is another day closer. Finally!

    They still need to remove the 10 commandments thing and the sooner the better.

  • LeDuque Flumage

    Well Bob, "removing God from everywhere" is the first step in fixing what has gone afoul in America since the 1940s. This is a great development!

  • Randy Hensley

    I agree, they never should have put that awful 10 commandments thing up in the first place.

  • Randy Hensley

    Funny that well respected theologians would likely disagree.

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