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 …

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* 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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373 thoughts on “Top 10 Awkward Facts About the Atheist Monument

  1. I’m Atheist and I hate how Christians and Catholics talk crap about them. It’s pointless. It’s our decision in life. Deal with it.

  2. Jesse says:

    It’s sad that a Christian would write something so far off about another’s believes. Then many of you would say atheists are abusing free speech. Hypocritical? I agree with sunny day. We are scrutinized always and constantly have to explain our selves with patience and understanding. Learn to be tolerant it’s more Christ like. Does the bible not condemn non believers many a time? Gays? Woman? Etc. Give me a break. You have no room to speak.

  3. Alexia says:

    1. The problem is that the atheist community does not have an income. Most atheists are not a member of any sort of organisations, and therefore the atheist community does not even get donations. Building these cheap monuments is a good way to encourage atheists to join an atheist organisation. On the other hand christian organisations have the money they just choose to spend it on churches.

    2. Mentioned in 1

    3.The actions of a few do not dictate the actions of the many. I could use your same argument against christianity by mentioning Hitler.

    4. This was dealt with in 3, but I must also mention that the Christian Church has committed far more atrocities than any atheist. The Crusades for example.

    5. Again dealt with in 3. However you don’t seem to understand the atheists statement. Just because you want war eliminated does not mean you will not fight when people’s rights are being effected.

    6. The preacher was not a free thinker, he was a pawn. He preached there knowing that it would make people angry hoping to start a fight so that he could claim that the monument was inciting violence.

    7. Only to a person who has no education in science.

    8. The symbol is used to represent science in general not necessarily the atom. I would perhaps suggest that physics is not the right form of science to comment on religion. All the use of this symbol shows is that atheists are open minded and accepting of things said by christians, as long as they are scientific.

    9. There is a huge difference between escape into death and the Hemlock Society. Escape to death is suicide whereas the Hemlock Society is about giving people who are terminally and painfully ill a chance to remove their suffering.

    10. Many atheists do not realise that they are not the only ones who believe what they do. This monument served three purposes, 1) To encourage non-beliveres to meet others like them forming a community of support. 2) If you can’t beat them join them-there is already a christian monument there displaying the ten commandments, because it was on public property the atheists wanted the monument removed, their request was denied but they were told they could put their own monument near it. 3) As a functional bench. This monument was not meant to convert people.

    Christians seems to have no problem with free speech as long as only christians are given that right.

  4. Erick says:

    I didn’t meant to make a specific topic, I mean I enjoyed the article, Not the comment by Sunny Day

  5. Michael says:

    The monument would be fine if it did not exclusively target Christians, and mock the old testament. A blank piece of granite, or one with an image of the only other entity that we know that only targets Christians.
    Atheists and satan both have the same exact foe. Heres an atheist organizations take on “hurting muslims”
    Noon, Cairo time (6 am est): “The Embassy of the United
    States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided
    individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims … we firmly
    reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free
    speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.” — U.S. Embassy

    1. Michael says:

      PS: Hillary and the prez both repeat this so-called American value in subsequent days. My point being that mocking Christians on this monument is that same “hurting” a Christians beliefs and thus cannot be displayed in public as free speech. WE NEED to petition on this point and have’em whip out the granite saws to shave off those hurtful words, and mockings. Polish it and let it stay. As of now it is an abuse of free speech…

      1. Sunny Day says:

        WOW, your faith and religion is so weak it cannot withstand scrutiny.

        I’m sorry for you.

        1. Erick says:

          I enjoyed this article! Thank you Tom.

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