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Atheists unveil monument by Ten Commandments

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Updated: 6/30/2013 9:11 am

STARKE, Fla. (AP) -- A monument to atheism now sits near a granite slab that lists the Ten Commandments outside a courthouse in a conservative north Florida town.

The New Jersey-based group American Atheists unveiled the 1,500-bound granite bench Saturday as a counter to the religious monument in what's called a free speech zone.

Group leaders say they believe it's the first such atheist monument on government property.

About 200 people attended the event. Most were atheists, but a few protesters attended as well, including a group with signs that said, "Yankees Go Home."

The atheists sued to try to have the Ten Commandments removed but dropped the case when they were told they could have a similar monument.

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murphette88 - 6/30/2013 11:48 PM
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And I really have to put this out there...Thomas Jefferson, you know, one of the founders, author of the Declaration of Independence, was an atheist.

murphette88 - 6/30/2013 11:43 PM
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tlynn, thank you for the defense. I was a little hurt to see the rest of these comments. 1. People came to escape RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION. That means they wanted the freedom to believe in what they wanted without others bashing them and forcing their beliefs. And that is what is happening here. Why would you put others down for not believing in what YOU believe. I would never tell anyone that what they believed was incorrect. That is their business and I respect that. 2. I am an atheist because science backs up what I believe in. I am a logical thinker. 3. I don't hurt anyone by thinking the way I do. My family actually believes in God and they accept what I believe because they believe in a forgiving, loving and understanding God and that is beautiful. And I have always respected their beliefs and I always will. They also made sure to instill values and morals in me. I like to help people, the elderly is my soft spot and I do what I can. I don't judge others, I believe I am kind, giving and loving(even though I am a Godless heathen atheist in your books). And I do not believe in a God, but I do believe in love, respect and acceptance. I am also pretty sure Jesus would have never said any of these things.

nativejax - 6/30/2013 10:45 PM
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Oh and the statement that America was not founded on the fundamentals of a Christain religion is so wrong. AND was and it worked,(example, the Constitution).. People from all parts of Europe came to colonize a place free of oppression and taxes,etc. The Christain faith works, it teaches to LOVE your enemy and pray for ALL. But it also teaches to us to turn the other cheek. Just what do 'some' people expect when they want to shove the NON believing garbage on to others who do believe? Everyone will lay lay down and take it? NO...we 'unselfishly' see our children and our children's children's future and how things can be for them. JUST AS THE FOUNDERS who came with nothing but their 'faith' to sustain a them while they built a BETTER life for their children (us). It's not rocket science..even THAT was built on faith of all kinds....not 'no faith' an atheist wants to sadly believe.

nativejax - 6/30/2013 10:08 PM
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No one is trying to force their God on anyone by being Christain and trying to spread the WORD of God...Like all other religions, YOU have the choice to listen or turn away. Everyone has the 'free will' to believe or not believe however they want...It's just sad the faith and prayers of most have to pull the load for the rest who have none. To be so selfish as to erect a monument to NOTHINGNESS seems unserving to mankind...for what purpose? It's redundant. BUT it is ANOTHER POLITICALLY CHARGED stupid negative 'sign' by stupid negative adults, that little children to learn that there is no hope or faith to fall back on when they are lost or alone in this dog eat dog world. It is a sin to keep your children from God, Allah, Mohammad, Budda, Yahweh, Jehovah, Jesus,or what ever name you want to call the creator of all. And to think that there 'might not' be a higher power who has the salvation of my body and soul is a THOUGHT I will not take a 'chance' on just for some monument that serves no purpose whatsoever. Separation of 'church and state'...don't tell me there's no sorry liberal brainwashed 'sheep' in this Country. Ba BAaaaaa

tlynn - 6/30/2013 8:13 PM
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@angels…"Apparently those that claim to be an atheist never heard the voice of God" , and "in your opinion" what does that sound like? Does everyone hear the same as you? And if they don't hear the same as you…Does that make them"less so"? "created these laws that we should follow." Are you admitting that we all have free will? And that "He/Her created "free will"? Faith and Religion are personal matters…Between ones "creator" and ones self…There is no place for this in the "political"realm, and this, I believe is what this 'bench', 'monument' is saying. Do not try to force "your God" onto others.

angels072258 - 6/30/2013 7:19 PM
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Who is your Creator - do you have a name? I call my Creator God, Emmanuel, Savior, Redeemer, Prince of Peace, All Mighty God, Counselor, The Everlasting Father and so many more, who created these laws that we should follow. Apparently those that claim to be an atheist never heard the voice of God and never followed Him. Thank you God, Jesus, Holy Spirit (Who is One) for being in my life and for Creating me. I will spend eternity being the witness that God has called of me.

tlynn - 6/30/2013 5:52 PM
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Yes, I've heard all of this before. The Atheist's erected this monument…But as I see it… It is not so much about Atheism as it is about separation of Church and State. We all have a right to speak our peace/piece. This IS NOT a Christian nation…Nor was it founded solely on Christian principles. It is a nation made up of ALL! Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, ETC….In God we trust is universal…No matter what you call Him/Her...

imtellin - 6/30/2013 6:51 AM
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as they don't believe in anything except that there is no GOD, i wonder why they want a granite slab of anything ? and as a free speech zone, i propose we place a granite chunk there, honoring the power of budweiser.

Realchange - 6/30/2013 4:50 AM
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We should throw out all the ten commandments. Let's make killing legal, stealing as well. Wouldn't take much work lying under oath is commonplace now days so is adultery. Covet something your neighbor has take it by force. If someone blames you a bout it lie and say it was the other neighbor next door. Sounds vile when you talk about removing the ten commandments then doesn't I mean if we going do away with it let's do it right back to law and survial of the fitest. See how well that goes for us as Nation. Atheists are pathetic give them what they want a lawless society with people who do not belive in God or commandments and see what chaos reigns.

murphette88 - 6/30/2013 12:15 AM
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As an atheist myself, I could care less...
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