North Florida County To Allow Atheist Monument

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Bradford County has reached a deal to allow American Atheists to install a 1,500-pound granite bench near the county courthouse.

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Associated Press Release

STARKE, Fla. (AP) -- A North Florida county will soon be home to an atheist monument.

Bradford County has reached a deal to allow American Atheists to install a 1,500-pound granite bench near the county courthouse. The bench will feature quotes from Thomas Jefferson and Madalyn Murray O'Hair.

It will also include a list of punishments for violating the Ten Commandments, including stoning.

The placement of the monument in late June ends a lawsuit between American Atheists and the county. The national organization filed its lawsuit after Bradford County allowed a local group to install a monument that lists the Ten Commandments.

Dave Muscato, public relations director for American Atheists, told The Gainesville Sun that if religious groups are allowed to have monuments "it's only appropriate that we have matching monuments."


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