First Atheist Monument Unveiled

    In this Sept. 9, 2010 photo, a billboard erected by atheists in Oklahoma City reads " Don't believe in God? Join the club". Nick Singer, the coordinator of a local atheists' group called "Coalition of Reason," recently received $5,250 from its national counterpart to erect the billboard along Interstate 44 near the Oklahoma State Fair.  Oklahoma ranks eighth in the nation for percentage of residents who self-identify as Christians (85 percent), according to an analysis of the 2008 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey conducted by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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    About 200 people gathered on a small county courthouse lawn in Stark, Florida to watch the unveiling of a monument to atheism--the first of its kind on government property. And the nonbelievers just happened to pick a spot right next to a slab of the ten commandments that they unsuccessfully tried to have removed last year. The 1,500-pound bench is covered with quotes from founding fathers and leaders of the atheist movement as well as the biblical punishments for violating the ten commandments: death and stoning. Protestors played Christian music, waved "Honk for Jesus" signs and someone threw a toilet seat from a moving car. This should end well. 

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