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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  • Mike

    Isn’t it funny. Atheists claim to believe there is no God. When someone claims to believe (and has the proof to back it up) otherwise, they get all feisty and have to attempt to disprove it. Under such a situation, atheism has just proven one thing: that it is a religion. And that being the case, we Christians should be clamoring School Boards to cease promoting the religion of atheism.

    • ABH

      I must ask you to think again, There are several misconceptions eminent in your comment..
      I) Atheism is nor more than the attribute of rejecting theistic claims. A non-entity. 0!=1: so there is no content or variation. No negation or belief inherent. What else an individual person who is an atheist may believe is, else, and individual.
      II) Few atheists I know (among most people in my secular neck of the woods) would decry others believing something they don’t – Indeed, many/most are sceptics, so relish disagreement with full intellectual honesty.
      III) This story regards a *secularist* response to an attempt of religious privilege t the seat of government – a cause supported by the vast majority of people, theist and atheist, in the educated world. It has nothing to do with beliefs in a personal capacity – In fact, that’s the point.
      IV) No rational thesit or atheist would attempt to disprove an unfalsifiable claim, and I’m not sure how you came by the notion of anybody doing so w.r.t. this story.
      V) What syllabus content would pass as ‘promoting the religion of atheism’?! Serious question.

  • David Webb

    “An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church.”

    Which is awkward, because most hospitals are named with reference to some religious order, and are often funded or built by those same religious orders.

    Christians also deliver medical aid to disaster areas and poverty-stricken nations more than any other faith, including Muslims or Jews.

    Like J.J. Thomson, most scientific discoveries have been made by Christians, who then also proudly attribute and dedicate their discoveries to their Faith!


  • Michael R. Ritt

    For someone who’s identity is wrapped up in what he doesn’t believe, the atheist sure puts a lot of effort into promoting his belief in nothing.

    • ABH

      What a tired and fatuous remark. Secularists are disposed to actively campaign and assure against any religious preference in ordinary contexts or services. Plenty of secularists are not atheists, but see how it is sensible to keep things neutral not least for the dignity of the religion. Equality. Quite simple.

      • Joe M

        ABH. I suspect that Michael was referring to the subject of the article, the monument.

        The act of putting up this atheist monument is not consistent with your argument. It’s clearly not a promotion of neutrality. It’s a condemnation of a specific belief and the promotion of another.

        • Jamalyn

          Rubbish. Ask yourself, why did they put up this monument? And if you don’t know that answer, you should seek it out.

          And I don’t mean, what are your assumptions about why this monument was erected. I mean what where their actual reasons.

          Here are their actual reasons:
          “We’re not going to let them do it [erect a 10 commandments monument] without a counterpoint,” Silverman said. “If we do it without a counterpoint, it’s going to appear very strongly that the government actually endorses one religion over another, or – I should say – religion in general over non-religion.”

          • Jamalyn


          • Joe M


            Your argument fails in multiple ways.

            Why do you think the 10 commandments monument was put up? Of course, you also should not make assumptions such as “to make it seem like a government Church!”

            If a person is assuming that monuments always reflect what the government favors over other things, placing the atheist monument does not accomplish what Silverman seems to think.

            Instead, according to your logic, it means that our government favors Christianity and atheism, at the expense of all other sets of beliefs.

        • ABH

          Joe. Isn’t there a religious monument mounted right next to it, as the only reason why it’s there? More, an inscription that instructs people not to believe otherwise?
          Correct, it is not neutral. Genuine neutrality is having no monuments at all. I’ll politely assume you share that preference. It was the original aim, but failing, this was the best option to rebut it and make a point clear – there is no official religion in this county.
          I don’t like the way they have so emphasised atheism – it just plays the this kind of response and the misconceptions we should be working to fix. A simple ornamental gesture to the other monument with a giant inscription of the 1st amendment would have suited. If nothing else, they certainly need to scratch the logo.

          • Joe M


            The atheist monument fails to make the point that there is no official religion in this country. By atheists own logic regarding the 10 commandments monument, the atheist monument is an attempt to make atheism the official philosophical position of the country.

            I do not share your preference. I don’t believe that the existence of religious phrases on currency or 10 commandments monuments establishes an official religion at all. Similar to how Vietnam War Memorials do not establish that everyone who sees them must agree with the Vietnam War.

          • ABH

            Playing dumb does you a disservice, Joe. Firstly, two opposing monuments in that context cannot possibly exhibit domain or partiality for either. Obviously not equivalent. Secondly, war memorials commemorate soldiers who dutifully gave life and limb – not campaigns. Also obvious, and an, awkward, comparison to invoke: They honour their subject on behalf of us and oblige a degree of deference.

            A divisive religious script (which is 40% demands to obey it), so literally monumentally elevated at the seat of government, with sponsors zealous enough to take it to court… nope, nothing honorific or privileging here. (?) Give over.

    • Mike

      Well said, Michael.

  • Mark

    Larry said: “One who’s secure in his or her religious beliefs would never create this article.”

    That’s just silly. Statements on the monument attack Christian belief and mislead people. Hoopes is defending his beliefs and correcting error, for example, by reminding people that the Church has built more hospitals than any other institution. It is an integral aspect of Christianity that we share the faith. The faulty logic of your accusation could also easily be turned on those promoting the atheistic monument. They must be insecure in their beliefs to try so hard to “evangelize,” right? No, not necessarily. That’s an ad hominem argument “to the man” rather than to the issue.

  • Larry

    It’s odd, this article. One who’s secure in his or her religious beliefs would never create this article; in fact, would never have even noticed that an atheist was building a bench.

    • Joe M

      Larry. Couldn’t your argument be applied to the people who built the atheist monument?

      • Larry

        So? How does that change my post? It doesn’t.

      • ABH

        You could be correct. I’m not it has no relevance, but it is possible.

  • coyotenose

    “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.”

    The cross is a pagan Roman symbol. AWWWKWWWARD.

    Your logic is bad and you should feel bad.

    • alanstorm

      “The cross is a pagan Roman symbol.”

      No, it’s not. Your logic and history are flawed.

      Crucifixion was a Roman PRACTICE and crosses were the IMPLEMENTS on which it was carried out.

      The cross used by Christians is a symbol of their faith.

      • Mike

        Took the words outta my mouth, alan. These people are too quick to reply and leave themselves open to be shut down effortlessly.

      • Robin Lionheart

        So, what religion the people who built crosses were has no relevance to its use as a Christian holy symbol, right?

        Seems like Coyotenose overestimated your comprehension of irony.



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