Atheist Monument Unveiled Today Shown Disrespect by Eric Hovind

Atheist Monument Unveiled Today Shown Disrespect by Eric Hovind June 29, 2013

The day started off with rain, not unlike The Reason Rally, but that did not stop American Atheists from unveiling the first monument at Bradford County Courthouse square in Starke, FL from being erected on government property.

The Good News


David Silverman, President of American Atheists, officiated the dedication ceremony. Over 250 atheists were reported to be in attendance.

The Stupid News

Protesters at the event were apparently unaware of what year it was. They were stuck at the back hanging their Confederate flags and hanging onto outdated hatreds for dear life.


Shown Disrespect

Eric Hovind of Creation Today is a program hosted by Eric Hovind, a Young Earth Creationist was in attendance. After the dedication ceremony finished while Mr. Silverman was taking pictures with the atheist attendees, Eric Hovind jumped on top of the monument. There are rumors circulating on twitter that he may have damaged the seal.

I contacted David Silverman and he stated

Eric did not damage the monument, but he was standing on top of it to preach to the crowd as we were trying to celebrate. He tried to mute the success of the event, but succeeded only in reiterating the need to fight for equality and vapid opposition we receive when we assert our rightful place in society.


It gets better!

During his speech Mr. Silverman announced through an anonymous donor there will be 50 atheist monuments placed throughout the United States.

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  • Katrina

    This is awesome – wish I could have been there! Hopefully, I can attend another one in the near future!

  • Cat Burns

    There are going to be more!! The fact that 50 are announced makes me think there will be one in each state? Exciting! I can’t wait 🙂

  • gwen

    The Confederate Flag?? WTH? What does the Confederate flag have to do with an Atheist monument?? They are probably the same people still complaining about the ‘war of Northern Aggression..

  • Can you imagine the outrage if someone were to jump onto one of the MANY Ten Commandment monuments around this country and started preaching atheism? Or Islam? Or Sikhism?

    But no, these self-absorbed idiots are apparently incapable of such thought.

  • Paul Loebe

    Imagine it. Now let’s see how much media coverage an atheist would get for such things. Perhaps we should ask an extremist to do it and see how long it takes the media to cover it…

  • Paul Loebe

    Where’s Soressi at? I’m sure she would do some crazy shit like that…

  • “The South is a Christian Nation”?

    These mouth breathers do understand that they lost 150 years ago, right?

  • Why the Confederate flag? Why not? As far as they are concerned they are ‘the South’, and that flag is part of their culture, and the godless pinko communist atheists are trying to destroy their southern Christian culture.

    Of course you have to realize that these people are holding positions that they have put no rational thought or consideration into their argument. They buy whole-heartedly into any weak-sauce argument they are given just to support their position. Why should they have to deal with things like the truth, or reliable facts?

  • You must all see the photo John Keiffer has of a christian woman holding a sign that says, …. “JESIS”.

  • This was the MOST amazing experience. I treasure being a part of this. The attendance actually turned out to be estimated to be between to 350-400 atheists.

  • ianeymeaney

    And the atheist monument will be defaced in 5…4…3…

  • coragyps

    Dammit, I wish I had been there! But I would have had to force myself to give a flying fuck about anything at all that Hovind the Younger did …..

  • To answer my own question at #4: I guess we know.

  • Foo

    I was there. The League of the South protesters left as soon as the first speaker began talking. Hovind cut off David’s speech at the end, standing up on a chair and demanding to know why Silverman wouldn’t debate him. People mostly ignored him, but one woman said, “Because he doesn’t want to legitimize you!”

  • Following up on Gael Murphy’s above comment: here’s that pic with the protester’s “HOOK FOR JESES” sign:



  • @John Kieffer #15 – Maybe Jeses is her pimp? I mean, why else would she be hooking for him?

  • texas_suzie

    This is a monument to Atheism. How many monuments to Christianity do you find here in the US? Few and far between. Most Christian monuments are in remembrance of lives lost or a special event. These atheists totally miss the point.

    • Paul Loebe

      10 commandments in front of a courthouse? Nope try again!

      Crosses as a headstone? Not in the United States! Those headstones are in Europe. Try again!

      The Constitution is our law. Liberty is our state religion. ‘Murica!

      • texas_suzie

        10 Commandments are basis for common law, and not restricted to Christianity, as in Old Testament is also Jewish. You can count on one hand how many of these are left here in the US. Rare. Few & far between. Not a monument to Christianity.

        Crosses on headstones… dude, headstones don’t belong to the government, they belong to whoever is buried there along with their family. Private property. Or do you believe the government should own all property?

        The Constitution is our law, but our government has no religion. Liberty is our God given right (aka “endowed by their creator” – God is my creator, who is yours?) and the Constitution protects that for us.

        Tell me again where there is an athiest based memorial for lives lost in an event. The marker in this article is a self serving monument to atheism and has no place on public property.

        • Paul Loebe

          You’re hilarious! Please show me in the Constitution or any founding document a mention of the OT, God, Jesus, etc. Do your homework.

          Crosses on headstones? That’s not what I said. I stated crosses AS headstones. Like in military cemeteries. Which are paid for with tax dollars. Those aren’t authorized because it’s a public forum. You can, however, put whatever religious symbol upon your DOD headstone that you so choose. But the headstone itself must be a normal headstone.

          As far as a personal headstone. I don’t give a shit. Get whatever you want. That’s your dead carcass, not mine.

          This marker for atheism is keeping the limited forum legal. The establishment clause of the CONSTITUTION is an all or none concept. Either they must allow all religions to express their views or none. Personally, I’m hoping they put up something Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, and Pastafarian soon. Then we’ll hear more Christians like you whining because you’re “religious rights” are being infringed upon. HA!

          Get an education and then come talk to me.

          • texas_suzie

            “endowed by their creator” is in the Declaration of Independence. That includes God.

            There are Jewish and Muslim symbols in military cemeteries. If you do not wish to acknowledge that the majority of soldiers who have died for our country are Christian, that is your ignorance showing. As a Christian taxpayer, it is my right to have that symbol AS my gravestone if I so choose.

            No one is saying atheists cannot express their views. Atheists are missing the point about memorials. A memorial with a cross as a remembrance of lives given for a cause does not memorialize Christianity, but the fallen lives. If an atheist wishes to put another monument to those lives lost, then do so, but do not put up a memorial glorifying atheism on public property.

            If other religions or non-religions wish to put up a memorial to lost lives with their symbol, then do so. I, along with many other Christians really don’t care. Just don’t put one up that glorifies your religion or non-religion and then demand all signs of Christianity be removed lest your eyeballs catch fire and burn up inside your skull. I’m beginning to think you are dense. You keep missing the point.

          • Paul Loebe

            So in your first breath you say that it’s not okay to have an atheist memorial. In your next breath you say it is. Which is it?

            Again, put whatever symbol you want on your headstone. I don’t care. But they can’t all have one symbol and then claim “fairness” or equality under the law.

            And “endowed by their creator” is a weak argument. Shall I enlighten you as to the original declaration?

          • texas_suzie

            Again, you are being dense. Atheists can have a memorial tribute to lives lost. Atheists cannot have a memorial tribute to themselves.

            The final Declaration of Independence is the only one that counts.

            “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

            We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.”

            You can read the rest here with explanation of the certain clauses, just in case you did not fully understand the Declaration.

          • Paul Loebe

            Can you explain to me why the “creator” part was left in there and the part about the British crown treating their colonies as slaves was taken out? Because that’s how it was originally written. I’d like you to have some knowledge before I try to engage you because otherwise you are a lost cause and unworthy of my time.

            The next thing would be to point out that the Declaration has no basis on anything in the United States legal system.

          • texas_suzie

            Just sayin’ … the only Declaration that counts is the final one. YOU brought up ‘enlightening’ me about the Declaration. I couldn’t care less about the versions left on the floor.

            Oh please, don’t give me that not worthy of your time BS. So typical. Personally, I’d rather not engage you anymore over this issue as you have proven to be a bit dense on the point. There is a huge difference between a monument on public owned property espousing the beliefs of a non-religion and a monument on public owned property with a religious theme memorializing lives lost. The atheist monument in the article is the exact thing YOU and the rest of the atheists accuse Christians of doing. This monument outlines the beliefs of atheists. How is that okay for atheists to put on public property while you try and take down cross memorials for the dead? This is something YOU just don’t get because YOU are an intolerant and bigoted jackanapes.