Monument to Atheism

Atheists dedicated a monument to atheists outside a Florida courthouse in order to "balance" the religious monument there.  In our current age, this is a compromise fine by me so that we can keep religious monuments in the public square.  Better to have everyone represented than to have religion banished from public view.

When I heard about this yesterday, before I even read the details in this story, I anticipated that the atheist monument would not be able to state what atheism is for without taking a swipe at theism.  After all, that the typical MO these days of aggressive atheists.  They misrepresent theism in order to make it seem simplistic and dumb.  And true to form, here's what this monument says:

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.

Of course, these are all false dichotomies.  Christians don't build churches instead of hospitals.  Christians have built both, and have brought medical care to people who never received it otherwise. Christians don't pray instead of engaging in good to others.  God requires both from us, and the Bible condemns empty faith without works that testify to faith.  The rest is just false, too.

Monuments usually state positively what view it stands for.  Christian monuments typically do this without taking potshots at other views.  It's fine with me if atheists have their monuments, but it would be preferable if they could make them without misrepresenting.


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Melinda Penner