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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38 thoughts on “Country’s first atheist monument to go up at North Fla. courthouse

  1. Doug Hanks says:

    Each side has their own monument. Stop there. Let's not play dueling monuments. Let it Be.

  2. Jeff says:

    To Mary:

    Why do atheists fight so hard against something we do NOT believe in?

    How would you feel if your nation denied your existence? "In God We Trust"? Maybe you do but not me, sister. I can't even earn my daily bread without being confronted by the fact that the government of the United States says I don't exist. Even slaves were counted as 3/5 of a man under the original constitution.

    How would you feel if your nation required you to lie in order to serve it in ANY capacity other than President of the United States? "So help me God"? I personally had to forgo the opportunity to attend any of the military academies, as I was invited to do, because it would require me to lie as part of my first official act of service. And that requirement only started in 1963, so don't give me the tradition line – it was strictly a McCarthyism to exclude "Godless Communists" from the military, as the congressional record clearly shows.

    I could go on and on, but no need, just my couple of examples will serve. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion". Notice the lack of the indefinite article "A" before the word "religion". Our current (and indeed all past) Supreme Court have managed to ignore that little missing article, which significantly changes the clear text reading. Think about it.

  3. JJ says:

    For the same reason Christians try so hard to push their beliefs on others. Actually though, atheists don't spend a fraction of the time that Christians do pushing their beliefs on the rest of the world. I'm a Christian but it disgusts me how the majority of Christians can't be content worshipping God to enrich their lives but have to push and push their beliefs on others. I have to side with the atheists on this one, God gave us free will which means we have the right to believe what we choose. The most non christian thing I see is when we want to put up a monument to our God but condemn those that want to do the same for theirs. Whether you believe this country w founded on christian beliefs or not. We are entitled to freedom of religion.

  4. Dave Sail says:

    ASGentleman,

    IF and I say IF again the original Aramaic writings concerning this passage were properly translated, as well as many others in the Bible, it would have read: "it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a man's riches to enter heaven."

    And by the way I am a believer.

  5. Doug Hanks says:

    Oh Lordy Lordy!! SDave your misguided peoples.

  6. Doug Hanks says:

    You fight against the oppression of a suffocating majority.

  7. Riley says:

    Let me tell you atheist something. HELL IS VERY REAL. HEAVEN IS VERY REAL. "…that whosoever believes in him shall not parish but have everlasting life." We all will be in ine of two places when its all said and done. I actually hope this OFFENDS someone. If you do not believe in jesus and have a relationship with him you WILL BURN IN HELL FOREVER! Thats plain fact. Just because you choose to stick your head in the sand doesnt mean you are exempt of GODS justice. We tell time by using B.C. and A.D. ( which means years of our lord) he must be kinof a big deal.

  8. Eccentrk says:

    What would an Atheist do? What would a believer do?

    There are 3 children. Say your father passed and left 2 of his children a great deal of cash, and 1 child all his land. The cash value is much higher than the land. Let’s also say the child who received the land is happy with that and will honor her father’s wishes.

    Comes time to do the paperwork and they find that the father, also an alcoholic, had put the land in trust for all three children many years ago, before his most current will, and the trust had expired leaving the land to all three kids. The father forgot all about this, in his ‘usual’ state.

    The children that got all that money are also hell-bent on keeping ⅓ each of the land because they are legally entitled to. If an Atheist were in the position of having all the money, would he/she honor his/her father’s wishes and sign over the land to the sibling the father left it to or keep it because he/she can? What about a Christian?

  9. Michelle says:

    Yes, Sandra! I agree.

    Please TELL ME IN WHAT DOCUMENT The FOLLOWING PHRASE IS WRITTEN… "separation of church and state"

    You will discover that is NOT what it says, at that point you should take the time to ACTUALLY READ IT AS WRITTEN.

    Then please let your common sense lead you to understand the meaning as originally intended.

    But, to realize that you would have to understand what was going on during the time it was written.

    I believe this CORRUPT notion has evolved over time and has since been twisted to support something that was never the original intent. there in the first place. An obvious fallacy =(separation of church and state.)

    Do you think the 'state' is having a prob with churches IMPOSING their doctrine on the gov.? J going to be over run with by Christians

  10. marcart says:

    No matter how many monuments get put up, God stand alone and on His on He needs no help. Those monument will pass away as will this world, one things is for sure, when the final day comes. Every knee shall bow and tougue confess, Christian and atheists and all others. There will be no need for any nonscence of fighting over who monument should stand where. I stand with the real true and living God, we have choices and we will live with the one we make.

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