Top 10 Awkward Facts About the Atheist Monument

Atheists unveiled a monument next to a Ten Commandments monument in Florida. The group that built it plans to put up 50 more nationwide.

monument1. A quote on it says: “An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church.” Which is awkward, because we really haven’t seen all those hospitals the atheists were going to build …

2. The hospital quote is also awkward because it clearly should have said: “An atheist believes that 50 monuments to atheism should be built nationwide instead of a hospital.”*

3. A quote on the monument says atheists “Want war eliminated.” Which is awkward because warriors like Stalin and Lenin and Mao and Hoxha and Ceaușescu – were all atheists.

4. The monument also mocks the punishments threatened in the Old Testament. Awkward: Far worse brutality was actually committed by the atheist warriors listed above – in our lifetime.

5. The “We want war eliminated” quote is also awkward because all of the other quotes on the monument are from Founding Fathers known for starting a war with England.

6. It’s awkward that at the dedication, a preacher used the monument to preach Christ, and the free thinkers got mad at his free thinking.

7. It’s awkward that the monument has what looks like a biohazard symbol on it.

8. But the symbol actually shows an atom. J.J. Thomson won the 1906 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering the electron. He was a churchgoer who read the Bible every night. Which is awkward for atheists.

9. A quote on the monument says “An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death.” Awkward: atheists Jack Kevorkian (Dr. Death) and Derek Humphry (founder of the Hemlock Society) would disagree.

10. A New Jersey-based group went to Florida to build an atheist monument. That sounds kind of … missionary and proselytizing. Which is awkward for people who are against that kind of thing …


* I thank my atheist friends for correcting my mistake here as to the cost of the monument, which was $6,000, a much better deal than the $22,000 Ten Commandments monument, and the nationwide plans for 50 more (not necessarily every state, thankfully).


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380 thoughts on “Top 10 Awkward Facts About the Atheist Monument

  1. cryingovercatholics says:

    wow, imagine that- “Christians” judging someone else!!! Awkward because you’re supposed to “Love your neighbor as your self” and i really don’t think catholics are sitting here analyzing and critiquing their own monuments. This article is pathetic, just like the radical catholics that created it.

  2. violinsoverviolence says:

    I find the 3rd “awkward fact” the most laughable. Using the “logic” in point #3, its awkward for Christians to be against war because Christians like Woodrow Wilson, FDR, JFK, and George Bush have declared or extended wars. I’m Christian, and I can’t help but find this whole list to be illogical and pointless. Everything that was cited as awkward is from the text on the monument that itself is ONE person’s quote that the organization American Atheists felt was profound enough to positively portray humanism and progressive ideals that they believe rather than specifically the lack of belief in any god(s). Tom Hoopes, you’ve probably never even met or talked to an atheist outside of the internet and this was a pretty low blow. People like you are not helping Christianity in any way, and you only seek to lash out on them to fulfill your own personal vendetta.

  3. A guy says:

    That is not a bio hazard symbol, that is a lithium atom….

  4. R. Baez says:

    This is very weak and whiney..

    1. Tom Hoopes says:

      … and yet, there is some truth to it that bothers you enough to make you want to comment on it. hmmm …

      1. Michael says:

        Not really. There is no truth in it. It is a collection of misrepresentations and false equivalences. You actually had the gall to use the Stalin and Mao slander. At least you aren’t dumb enough to use Hitler since he was a lifelong and devoted Catholic. That is besides the point though, what Stalin and Mao did was not done in the name of Atheism. Especially considering that Atheism is simply a lack of belief in god. Hitler, on the other hand…

        I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator.

        – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. 1 Chapter 2

        If atheist countries were so evil, which is what you were implying with the tired worn out Stalin reference, than why exactly are the countries with the highest numbers of atheist the happiest, best educated, have the least inequality, and the lowest crime? Eor instance, Sweden and Finland.

        One more thing “atheist believe that a hospital should be built instead of a church” does not mean that American Atheists can afford to build a church. It is simply an expression of belief in helping the sick and ill instead of worshipping something that lacks any evidence whatsoever. It is a proclamation of utility.

        What is truly awkward is your pitiful attempt at attacking the monument because it obviously bothers you so much. American Atheists would much rather have states and localities follow the Constitution and make no endorsment of any religous position whatsoever but as long as they do we will continue to demand representation as well. You will truly lose your mind when Muslims begin to want a religous monument on public land.

      2. skinnercitycyclist says:

        “… and yet, there is some truth to it that bothers you enough to make you want to comment on it. hmmm…”

        And then there’s the truth in his comment that bothers YOU enough to comment on. See the infinite regression? No? Better read the Bible, better not to think.

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