Atheist Group Upset Over Donation to Fla. Churches

By: AP
By: AP

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) --

An atheist group is upset over the Polk County Sheriff's recent decision to donate jailhouse basketball equipment to eight churches.

Atheists of Florida on Tuesday, Jan. 4 formally requested information
from the sheriff's office, including how much the equipment is
worth and how much taxpayer money was involved. The group contends Sheriff Grady Judd violated separation of church and state by giving the equipment to churches instead of schools or parks.

Just before Christmas, Judd ordered the removal of the
basketball goals, saying, "going to jail isn't fun and games."

The atheist group says it will decide on its next step after
receiving the requested information.

Grady, however, says sheriff's office lawyers cleared the
donation to churches.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 at 01:06 PM
    Some people have got way to much time on their hands.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2011 at 07:22 PM
    The group contends Sheriff Grady Judd violated separation of church and state by giving the equipment to churches instead of schools or parks. Atheist don't believe in church so there can be no violation
  • by to all the atheist on Jan 5, 2011 at 01:22 PM
    if you believe and then there is nothing at the end...you lose out on nothing. but dont believe and then there is something at the end....you've lost everything.
  • by Buggerall Location: Tallahassee on Jan 5, 2011 at 01:07 PM
    The best advice for those that find the donations reprehensible is to get a life. Why don't you all band together and open food banks,shelters and hospitals. Get together and deliver holiday meals in Leon & Gadsden Counties. How about the little angels gift campaign? Those rotten Christians gave gifts to hundreds of local children. How can they look in the mirror.
  • by gravelyconcern Location: S.FL on Jan 5, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    Wonderful donation to the church - I'm sure this will keep some of our youth occupied and out of the streets. Would you atheist prefer the equipment not be used for this purpose, giving the youth nothing to do but run the streets and commit crimes?
  • by Leah Location: tally on Jan 5, 2011 at 12:15 PM
    My mother is an atheist. There is nothing wrong with her or her beliefs. She is involved in the community, and has done a lot more good for folks in her community than many of the religious organizations in her community. She is a loving, caring, productive member of society. But you would so easily condemn her because she does not believe in God.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2011 at 12:15 PM
    MJM - I hope you are enjoying you life because when you stop breathing and your heart stops beating it is over. There is no reflection time, there is no meeting at a pearly gate, it is simply over. Your body decomposes to support future organisms. Religion began as a way to ease the pain of those who suffered. They were told to believe in something better, so that they could tolerate their horrible life. I don't have a horrible life, I enjoy mine. I don't need that 'opiate' called religion to help me look for better things down the road. When I die, I die. There won't be any time of ponderance because it will all be over. It saddens me to see so many fall into such a blind rut. It amazes me that these for profit entities still get away with so much theft. They should be paying taxes like all other businesses.
  • by anonymous Location: Florida on Jan 5, 2011 at 12:12 PM
    Bobby - what would you do with the names and addresses of the Atheist leaders? Harass them? Show them how godly people really act?
  • by anon Location: tall on Jan 5, 2011 at 12:10 PM
    who i believe in is my own business. and i would appreciate it if people stop passing judgement because they don't believe in the same ideas. be concerned with your own souls and afterlife - not mine. i find it funny that people are so concerned when someone says they don't believe in god. do you really care about people you dont know that much? or is it really just because they dont hold the same beliefs as you? USA was founded on freedom of religion. Yet we all like to bash the other don't we?
  • by MJM on Jan 5, 2011 at 11:54 AM
    For those that have written below that don't believe in God, there is going to come a time when your relationship with the Lord is all that matters. You won't be able to use any excuses when you get to the pearly gates.
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