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.