"The first U.S. public monument to Atheism is set to be unveiled outside a Florida courthouse later this month," reports TIME Magazine. "It’s a granite bench engraved with secularist quotes. And weirdly, it owes its existence to the Ten Commandments."
The atheist monument is in direct response to a five foot, six ton stone tablet engraved with the Ten Commandments which is displayed outside the Bradford County, Florida, courthouse. It was commissioned by a local Christian group called the Community Men's Fellowship.
The American Atheists then took Bradford County to court to have the tablets removed on the grounds that they violated the principles of the separation of church and state.
The case ended in a compromise: the Ten Commandments slab would stay, but American Atheists would be allowed to put up their own monument, as well. Hence, the 1,500 lb granite bench, which will be engraved with secularist quotes from figures like Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, as well as American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O’Hair. ... The bench will also feature quotes from the Bible listing punishments for breaking the Ten Commandments, like execution—a move that’s designed to “make it clear that the Ten Commandments are not the ‘great moral code’ they’re often portrayed to be,” as American Atheists Public Relations Director Dave Muscato has said.
It's interesting that this first atheist monument will be a stone slab bench upon which one is to sit and rest. It is a fitting symbol of those who would rest their hope and trust on the wisdom of man.
Two monuments. Two foundations. Two choices.
"By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 3:10-11).