A month or so ago, I alerted UD readers that atheists in Florida were about to place their stone monument of the Ten “commandments” of atheism. Well, today they have unveiled their monument to atheism in front of the Bradford County, Florida, courthouse, right near a monument listing the traditional Ten Commandments from the Old Testament scriptures. Personally, I have no problem with the monument itself being placed in a public square. We’re a pluralistic society, all ideas are welcome and open for debate. That is what freedom of speech is all about. (As a side note, contrast that with Nick Matzke, the suppressor!)
“When you look at this monument, the first thing you will notice is that it has a function. Atheists are about the real and the physical, so we selected to place this monument in the form of a bench,” said David Silverman, president of American Atheists.”
So, now we know that atheists define the real as what is physical. I guess there’s no real surprise there. But it would be interesting to see what scientific evidence they have to show that real and physical amount to the same thing. I guess numbers aren’t real? How about love?
On the different sides of the monument, we now have, literally carved in stone, what atheists actually believe. For example, on one side is this quote:
“An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty banished, war eliminated.”– American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O’Hair