A Florida County is providing free advertising for atheism.
The Bradford County Courthouse has a 10 Commandments monument
and as previously reported, American Atheists filed a challenge on
the monument. To avoid litigation costs, the county directed the
Community Men's Fellowship - the group that sponsored the monument
- to remove it, but further mediation resulted in a compromise
that would allow the American Atheist Association to construct a
three-fourth ton granite bench next to it with quotes on it from
Thomas Jefferson, Madelyn Murray O'Hair and Benjamin
Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel points out there's a difference
between two such monuments because the 10 Commandments is the
foundation for American law.
"It's absolutely ridiculous to have opposing
viewpoints like this," he says. "Certainly, Thomas Jefferson and
Madelyn Murray O'Hair need not be opposing the 10 Commandments. In
fact, Thomas Jefferson would be appalled that his writings would be
used to oppose the 10 Commandments, which are the very basis of the
rule of law."
Staver contends this country needs to make sure the courts and
Congress will stop what he describes as "frivolous lawsuits."
"In every other case, where you have to file suit you have to
have standing," he points out. "You have to have a real injury.
Simply being opposed or being offended by a monument or a document
or words does not give someone the right to walk into court and
rewrite American history."
Last September, Freedom From Religion Foundation sued
Connellsville, Pennsylvania, over a similar monument that had stood
in front of a junior high for over a half century. While that was
being litigated, 10 Commandments yard signs were being sold to
raise funds for 10 Commandments monuments at 25 churches in the
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