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Atheist monument will be built in Northeast Florida

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Updated: 6/07/2013 7:54 pm
STARKE, Fla. -- One local county will soon become home to an atheist monument.

Bradford County has reached a deal to allow American Atheists to install a 1,500-pound granite bench near the courthouse. The bench will feature quotes from Thomas Jefferson and Madalyn Murray O'Hair.

It will also include a list of punishments for violating the Ten Commandments, including stoning.

The placement of the monument will end a lawsuit between American Atheists and the county. The national organization sued after Bradford County allowed a local group to install a monument that lists the Ten Commandments.

Benjamin Jackson, of Starke, tells Action News the Christian monument is a symbol of faith for the community. "It was what I was raised on. I was raised on a Christian base and supposed to respect God and keep him in your life."

The county's attorney, Will Sexton, says allowing an Atheist monument saved tax payer dollars.

"The county's position had always been that if private groups wanted to install monuments in the forum, they were permitted to do so, but the county was not taking any position and did not want to spend any tax payer money," said Sexton.

Dave Muscato of American Atheists says it is believed to be the first monument dedicated to atheism to be placed on public land in the United States.

According to the American Atheists website, the monument will be unveiled and dedicated June 29.
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Realchange - 6/7/2013 4:13 AM
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Do any of them even live in the damn county they shoving this into ? We n eed to find out where they live, and put up 20 billboards with pro God messages on their way to work. That should get a good response. FYI Atheist insist they are non denominational. At least that was lie they used in CA to steal the chruch Christmas scenes set up in that park by lottery assignment. Each Atheist claimed they were un affiliated so they were each given a chance over each church. Lying under oath, aka perjury, is now only crime for common people. Most rich people just get fined for it. Adultery used be crime now its acceptable and allowed in all walks of life. Stealing and killing still wrong depending your income level. Atheists claim we can all live in peace without God's word, but it seem the opposite happens when we do that. Got wonder which of God's commandments wil be the next to be removed in society.

nativejax - 6/6/2013 10:37 PM
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UNfreakinbeleivable....Shoving your 'LACK of Faith' down our throats, just drags us ALL down. God's word's of "Hope and Faith, Wisdom and Guidance just doesn't apply to a lot of 'lost soul's' anymore. It's so much 'easier' for these twisted people to claim there is no proof of God, then to thank the One who gave them life. And so much easier to 'choose' a sex partner of the 'same sex' than to wait in celibacy and abstinence until God sends us some one to love as He told us in the Holy Bible. That monument will bring about more destruction of the 'delicate' balance between a 'good child and a 'bad child' when he reads it and learns there is NO Hope and Faith for him to fall back on, and they can not get it from Mother Nature.
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