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

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  2. Sean says:

    1 & 2) As of 1999, 13% of all hospitals were religious. The rest are public non-sectarian hospitals, meaning they are built and funded by the religious and non-religious alike.
    3 & 4) Being an atheist isn’t an assumption or preclusion of warmongering. I don’t ever recall any statement that said, “We are going to war with such and such because we don’t believe in deities and they do.”
    5) War over taxation without proper representation and then eventually independence, not religious affiliation.
    6) Preaching the concept of a religious figure in a prescribed manner isn’t ‘free thinking’.
    7 & 8) An atheist discovered the structure of the atom, being Niels Bohr. However it should be noted that a religious person making a discovery through scientific assessment doesn’t make the discovery a religious one. No atheist is awkward over important discoveries made in the contribution of learning more about our experience.
    9) Kervorkian was more of an agnostic. And the Hemlock Society, which fights for rights to die with dignity and peace, not purposefully throwing away their life for some promise of something that cannot be proved to exist in the first place. The Hemlock society is helmed by a Christian theologian. Awkward!
    10) Actually they were working with the local atheist community there, because in that particular part of Florida, atheists were being targeted for their outspokenness towards other government sanctioning of religious beliefs while not permitting others to be heard as well.

    Do those who review these articles before their posted have standard requirements like the ones below?
    1) Fails to truthfully inform.
    2) Makes poor use of logic before making assertions.
    3) Doesn’t bother to actually cite factual information unless it can’t be used against the established perception of the organization hosting it.

    1. Tom Hoopes says:

      Good answers. thanks. Some replies:
      1&2) What percentage were started by atheists who believe a hospital should be built instead of a church, which is the claim made?
      Why was money spent first on shrine-like monuments, not hospitals?
      3&4&5) Your argument is with the atheists who made the monument and say they want war eliminated, not with me.
      6) Is only absolutely original thinking “free thinking”? Does that exist anywhere?
      7&8) The point is that science is not incompatible with religion … even the very science referenced by the depiction of an atom.
      9) Humphrey himself gathers atheists, agnostics and skeptics under the umbrella “non-believers” … and says they make up the bulk of the right to die movement.
      10) Touche! But did a New Jersey group gather local fellow travelers to help their project or did a Florida group seek out the New Jersey group to help them? If the latter, you win. If the former … awkward.

  3. DiScientia says:

    I just love the amount of fallacies here commited, it just fills me with glee to see that theists must still resort to hypocritical and fallacious arguments to try and squeeze there way into the modern world.

  4. Brendan says:

    Are you kidding me? you say that the largest atrocities committed by sick and twisted men were committed in the name of atheism? what of the holocaust and crusades? there is no parallel between atheism and their sick acts… in all 809 million people were killed in the name of the christian gods name far more than atheists committed. the fact that you would put me on the same moral plain as stalin and lenin sickens me. i will leave you on the same moral plain as Hitler and his holocaust.

    1. Jeff says:

      Ok, let’s check this:
      1) You said “Are you kidding me? you say that the largest atrocities committed by sick and twisted men were committed in the name of atheism?”
      So, are you also saying that sick and twisted “christians” should not speak for Christianity?
      2) You said “809 million people were killed in the name of the christian gods”.
      So, where did you get this statistic?
      3) You said “the fact that you would put me on the same moral plain as stalin and lenin sickens me”
      So, can I also say: “The fact that you would put me on the same moral plain as Hitler and the Popes and Kings that ordered the Crusades (even if it was for financial and strategic interests) sickens me?”

  5. Chris says:

    The Centre for Israel & Jewish Affairs recently released a news article about ‘militant atheism’ being the greatest cause of death in history; please ‘like’ that article and share it across social media: http://www.cija.ca/interfaith-2/cause-of-death-militant-atheism/

  6. Chris says:

    I’m glad that this author mentioned atheist dictators who murdered believers in the name of atheism. The League of Militant Atheists, with aid of the Soviet government, massacred over 12 million believers in the USSR, one atheist state alone: http://martyredintheussr.com/

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