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  •  ok, sorry I hope I haven't offended (6+ / 0-)

    by nothing I mean a monument to not-God. I don't think the monument is to atheism, that is my interpretation.

    •  I was offended. I accept the apology. (6+ / 0-)

      Your comment did sound insulting and dismissive of the message of the American Atheists society.  

      The monument was erected by American Atheists, and has their name on the monument.    It has quotes from famous atheists in history, including Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and the group's founder, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, and a list of punishments for violating the Ten Commandments.   It is in the form of a bench, because the American Atheist society advocates doing something and being useful, as opposed to offering lip service.

      American Atheists said this about their purpose:

      "American Atheists will work ... to ensure truth is placed next to the lies, civility next to barbarism," American Atheists President David Silverman told the Florida Times-Union.
      "Some people think it's an attack simply by us exerting our existence. They put a monument on a public lawn that, if you put it in context, says atheists should be killed," Silverman said. "It is an attack, but it's an attack on Christian privilege, not an attack on Christians themselves, and not so much an attack on Christianity."
      It is a monument to atheism, and it is more.  It is a "coming out", an expression that we exist, and we will not be intimidated.

      I am grateful that they are doing this.    There is so much hostility towards atheists.   It is particularly rough on children.   Exercising free speech about atheism lets people know they are not alone, and encourages them to feel safe enough to stand up for their convictions.

      Your comment about a monument to not-God demonstrated how far the American Atheists society has to go, and how many more monuments need to be put up, to get their message out.   I am grateful for their efforts.

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