Quote of the day – atheists rejoice!

An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty banished, war eliminated.”

– A quote from American Atheists founder Madalyn Murray O’Hair, soon to be gracing the surface of the country’s first public atheist monument, which is about to be erected in the small community of Starke, Florida, in reaction to a longstanding controversy regarding a Ten Commandments monument that was set up outside the Bradford County Courthouse in Starke last year. The organization American Atheists sued to have the Ten Commandments removed, and and the atheist monument is being erected as part of a settlement.

Though dueling monuments isn’t exactly the least ridiculous result that could have come of this, I agree with Ken Loukinen, the director of regional operations for American Atheists, that, “We’d rather there be no monuments at all, but if they are allowed to have the Ten Commandments, we will have our own.” It is a small step forward. A threshold has been breached, a barrier has been broken, a modicum of progress has been made toward a just and balanced society where state is actually free of church. Though I’m certainly not anti-religion, personally, separation of church and state – complete separation – is one of the most important issues facing us today, and, well, separation is getting its ass kicked.

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5 comments
  1. Big Daddy said:

    This a good example of what being politically correct gets us, two bad ideas. I agree with separation of church and state and so did the Constitution. The only reason it is even an issue is because politicians thing being a “Godly Man” would get them votes. Neither monument should be built on government property or with tax dollars.

    • kipp said:

      On this I totally agree, neither should have been built, and I would go as far as to say that the actual building of the atheist monument doesn’t make anything any better. The virtue I see is more in the symbolism of it, that fact that they were able to get it built, and the validation that comes with it.

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