Atheist-erected monument to join 10 Commandments

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Charlie Butts (

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 Franklin. 

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.

Staver, Mat (Liberty Counsel)"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 city.

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