This week will be an exciting on the religion in government front. The Supreme Court will pass down some kind of a decision on gay marriage. Then, next Saturday, a county in Florida will dedicate an Atheist Monument that will stand next to the Ten Commandments.
I really enjoyed reading reactions to the new atheist monument in Florida. It forces believers to explain the purpose of the Ten Commandments while making them recongnize the potential for competing monuments.
It is clear the national organization, American Atheists, never expected they would erect an atheist monument when they challenged the recently installed Ten Commandments monument. But, after years in court, the County could not find the political will to remove the Ten Commandments and thus was forced to allow a competing or, as we call it here in Fargo, sister, monument.
Even though this outcome is a ridiculous one, from the County’s elected officials view, it is completely rational. If county officials had voted to remove the Ten Commandments, they would have been voted out of office. Since the court ordered installation of the Atheist’s monument, they can sit back and say, “We had nothing to do with it.”
Comments from the attached link run through the usual criticisms. “Christians founded the country, atheists did nothing.” “Christians are running this country, what are atheists doing, nothing.”
There is one thing good we can say about this outcome. It was resolved by wasting money instead of taking lives.