Atheist Monument or Christian Protest Monument

If you remember, last year American Atheists sued Bradford County Florida to have the 10 Commandments monument removed from the courthouse. They lost that fight, but are now erecting a “Monument to Atheism” at the very same courthouse.

Check out this clip from a Fox & Friends segment entitled “Fight for Faith:”

http://youtu.be/LDOhKyn6enU

First off, I want to point out that Tucker Carlson could not be more wrong with the erroneous statement that atheism is a “species of religion.” Maybe he’s right, if my lack of playing golf can be defined as me playing “a species of sports.”

Second, I believe the Fox commentators raise some legitimate questions. Is it hypocritical to sue to have a religious monument removed upon the principle of separation of church and state, and then turnaround and erect your own when you’re defeated?  Is Father Jonathan correct when he says the monument is not “an atheist monument, but rather a Christian protest monument?” I’m of two minds here. I agree wholeheartedly with American Atheist President David Silverman who says atheists are often treated as “second-class citizens.” And I’m confident the monument, made possible by a grant from Todd Stiefel of The Stiefel Freethought Foundation, will be beautiful. However, for us to increase the acceptance of atheists, we must begin to frame our fight offensively rather than defensively. Perhaps this is a step in the right direction. Maybe not.

Finally, I want to point out that regardless of where you stand in this fight, we should all question the motivation behind Carlson’s words: “I have a feeling that bench will be a magnet for graffiti. Just a guess.”

If you want to attend the dedication of the monument, sign up at this Facebook page. I may try to attend

What do you think?

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