According to David Silverman, the current President of American Atheists, his objection to the 10 Commandments monument was:
“There is no secular purpose for the monument whatsoever and it makes atheists feel like second-class citizens."
The origin of the moral codes behind our system of laws has no secular purpose? And what about the mentioning of God makes an Atheist feel like a second class citizen? There is nothing specific in that 10 Commandments monument that attacks the non-religious.
Unfortunately, the same can't be said about the American Atheists bench.
Ironically, this 3/4 ton granite masterpiece (which looks like the full-sized rendition of a model made from Lego play bricks), is more of a monument to the nerny-nerny boo-boo attitude of a bunch of sore losers.
It is festooned with old, overused, cherry-picked anti-religious quotes from Founding Fathers like John Adams (who in reality was a deeply faithful man of prayer). It also prominently features this gem from Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the founder of American Atheists:
"An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist believes that a deed should 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."
Let's look at this quote more closely.
"An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church."
Ms. O'Hair chose to ignore the fact that The Church was among the first to build hospitals.
"An Atheist believes that a deed should be done instead of a prayer said."
Ms. O'Hair didn't bother to mention how many great deeds were preceded by prayers.
"An Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death."
And Christians aren't? Does American Atheists to this day realize what a silly assumption this is?
"He wants disease conquered, poverty banished, war eliminated."
So did Jesus. The difference is, Christians actually get out and do the work. Ironically, the Salvation Army has no atheistic counterpart.
I still cannot understand why American Atheists idolizes Madalyn O'Hair. She was an intolerant, hot-tempered pottymouth who was fleecing American Atheists for all the money she could get her hands on. She was hardly the saint and martyr that she is portrayed to be, as was revealed by her son, William, who she kicked to the curb after he became a Christian pastor.
But free speech is free speech, and if American Atheists wants to waste their money in this fashion, so be it.
I just wonder how many kids could have been fed by the cost of this one bench.