FL County Turns Down Atheist Monument

FL County Turns Down Atheist Monument February 12, 2014

A county in Florida is using a transparently absurd pretext for turning down an atheist monument that was proposed to go along with the Ten Commandments monument already in place. They say it’s because the text on the monument has only quotes, not full texts.

Officials in Levy County Florida have denied an application for an atheist group to build a monument near the Ten Commandments display at the county courthouse.

The group Williston Atheists had submitted an application last month to Levy County officials to place the 1,500 pound granite bench on the grounds.

“None of the texts on the proposed monument appear to be a reproduction of the entire text of any document or person, as required in the guidelines,” the county’s report explained.

“The vote was unanimous to deny the application at this time and that was based on the fact that the application in the opinion of our board was not complete, it did not meet all of the guidelines,” County Coordinator Fred Moody reiterated to local television station WCJB.

Seriously? The Ten Commandments monument doesn’t have the entire text of the Bible, or even the chapter they are found in. If this one goes to court, they’re going to lose very badly. Just another local elected board acting like idiots and costing the taxpayers money.

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  • Wylann

    The Williston Atheists have a meetup page. Ed, keep us posted. I’d be willing to add a donation for the upcoming inevitable legal battle.


  • Scr… Archivist

    And if the proposal did include an entire text, the county could reject it on copyright grounds. Checkmate, atheists!

  • Chiroptera

    But doesn’t pointing out the absurdity of Christianists’ absurd arguments violate the First Amendment or something?

  • Menyambal — making sambal a food group.

    Most ten-commandments lists don’t have the full text of each commandment. And, if you really look, deciding which are THE ten commandments is deuced tricky.

  • Scr . . . Archivist@2:

    I’m pretty sure the quotes from Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin are all public domain. The only one that might have an active copyright would be from the writings of Madalyn Murray O’Hair and so long as they don’t ask her idiot son, they could probably get permission from her estate to use it.

    Not that it wouldn’t stop them from making that claim.

  • eric

    I agree this is transparently absurd…in fact it’s so absurd, I have to think the board knows it has no chance. IMO this sort of flimsy excuse indicates that they know they’re going to lose and they’ve decided to slow roll the loss.

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    Here’s a full text they could reproduce, with permission from Larkin’s estate.

  • grumpyoldfart

    The key words are “taxpayers money”. They don’t care how much it costs to defend Jesus because they don’t have pay for it out of their own pockets.

  • sugarfrosted

    A monument with the whole text of the books of Exodus or Deuteronomy? That must be a pretty big monument!

  • had3

    Reapply with the texts from exodus 21 in its entirety. A little compare and contrast from the same book would be a nice feature on the public square too.

  • anubisprime

    it did not meet all of the guidelines

    No bhabi’ jeebus mentioned…’sniff…’sniff!

  • caseloweraz

    “None of the texts on the proposed monument appear to be a reproduction of the entire text of any document or person, as required in the guidelines,” the county’s report explained.

    “A Daniel! A Daniel come to judgement!”

    Oh, I guess I can’t post that because I haven’t reproduced the entire text of The Merchant of Venice.

  • zmidponk

    ‘The entire text of any document or person’? So, if you want to quote someone, you have to include everything they ever said?