For the second time, the Levy County, Florida county commission has denied a request to place an atheist monument next to the Ten Commandments monument they already have. The proposed monument is the same one American Atheists put up in another Florida county last year. And their excuse for rejecting the monument is transparently ridiculous:
A Ten Commandments monument is already in place, erected by a local group with county approval. The proposed atheist monument is identical to one placed last year at another courthouse in Starke, Fla., after it, too, was initially rejected.
In this case, county commissioners rejected the monument because its engraved quotes — from Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O’Hair, were “incomplete,” according to the commission’s report.“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 (county) guidelines,” the report states.
I hope the Williston Atheists and American Atheists file a lawsuit over this, which they will likely win. And then I hope the county commission has to pay their legal fees, as allowed under federal law. Giving approval only to a Christian monument and refusing all others is quite obviously a violation of the Establishment Clause.