When a courthouse in Bradford County, Florida, got a monument based on the Ten Commandments, American Atheists advocacy group sued to get it removed.
But during court-ordered mediation, all parties settled that the Ten Commandments monument could stay as long as the atheists get their own monument.
Yesterday, the atheists got just that: their own granite monument in shape of a bench with an accompanying pillar engraved with quotes:
The atheist monument includes quotes from Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O'Hair and others. One side of the pillar lists the biblical punishments for breaking the Ten Commandments, which often call for execution. [...]
It may be the first public monument to atheism in the nation, but it is only the first of many, said American Atheists President David Silverman.
Silverman announced during the unveiling ceremony Saturday afternoon that the organization will erect up to 50 more monuments across the country in public places where religious structures like the Ten Commandments marker in Starke have been established.
Morgan Watkins of the Gainesville Sun reports: Link (Image: Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun)