“Atheism” means “without a god,” but it does not mean without a religion. Some atheists live their lives without harassing others into accepting their beliefs. They don’t believe in any gods and it is as simple as that. But there are other atheists, the religious ones, who are more dogmatic in their beliefs than are the adherents of traditional religions. They preach their beliefs; they attempt to convert; they battle other religions.
It is these religious atheists who have erected a monument to their religion (complete with its own symbol) in front of the Bradford County, Florida, courthouse, in front of which is also a monument of the biblical Ten Commandments. Were the Ten Commandments, the presence of a rival religion, not there, these atheists, of the American Atheists group, would not have waged their crusade in front of this particular courthouse. They would have moved onward to another public location in need of a good unholy conquering.
The unveiling was witnessed by a congregation of approximately 200 devotees who took photos of themselves sitting on the monument, which is in the form of a bench.
Hypocritically, this very same American Atheists group once sued to have the Ten Commandments removed from this very courthouse. Obviously they thought it was wrong to have them there, which makes this atheist-monument erection* of theirs seem like an act of the childish belief that two wrongs do make a right. (*Double entendre noticed after the fact, but kept in because it is fitting.)
Atheists have the right to place in public whatever declarations of whatever religious beliefs they want to, even their secular ones. The First Amendment’s statement on religion is primarily that Congress, i.e. the federal government, cannot create any law to declare a national belief system, which would include secular ones. But it doesn’t say anything about states declaring state religions, and it certainly doesn’t say anything about being prohibited from displaying one’s religion on the property of state government, which is all a Ten Commandments display outside a courthouse amounts to.
It is interesting that the Ten Commandments, the set of Judeo-Christian deeds both forbidden and demanded, provokes such fuss and fury from atheists while, simultaneously, atheists say they care so little about them. I cannot empathize with these religious nonbelievers because I have never felt the burning desire to declare war against something towards which I profess apathy (apathy being the only rational feeling to have toward something that isn’t harming you and which doesn’t affect you).
What “nonexistent” god’s existence are they trying to quiet? What “nonexistent” moral code’s existence are they trying to smother? Atheists as of late, who feel emboldened by—let’s face it—Democrats, come across more pathetic than apathetic, seeking battles where there need be none, in effort to exert with quite religious fervor their supposed “non-religion.”