You also accuse atheism now of mirroring religious organizations, but I don't see it. Definitely possible but nowhere near the level religion has attained.
American Atheists is a non-profit organization in the United States dedicated to defending the civil liberties of atheists and advocating for the complete separation of church and state. It provides speakers for colleges, universities, clubs and the news media. It also publishes books and the quarterly American Atheist Magazine, currently edited by Pamela Whissel.
The county's free speech forum guidelines say monuments must commemorate "people, events and ideas which played a significant role in the development, origins or foundations of United States of America or Florida law, or Bradford County," cannot be permanent and cannot be "libelous, pornographic or obscene." Sexton said the atheists' planned monument met the requirements.
There is a need to form an organisation to protect the civil rights of atheists. They are still discriminated against in several states, being barred from testifying in a court of law to being refused entry to public office.
Promoting the rights of individuals who deny a deity is not promoting a religion. Atheism is the absence of belief in a deity. Many groups organize, but are not religions.
Arkansas, Article 19, Section 1: No person who denies the being of a God shall hold any office in the civil departments of this State, nor be competent to testify as a witness in any Court.
Maryland, Article 37: That no religious test ought ever to be required as a qualification for any office of profit or trust in this State, other than a declaration of belief in the existence of God; nor shall the Legislature prescribe any other oath of office than the oath prescribed by this Constitution.
Mississippi, Article 14, Section 265: No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office in this state.
North Carolina, Article 6, Section 8 The following persons shall be disqualified for office: Any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God.
South Carolina, Article 17, Section 4: No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office under this Constitution.
Tennessee, Article 9, Section 2: No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this state.
Texas, Article 1, Section 4: No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being.
Speaking of the Monument itself, as an artist I personally would not support such an argumentative stance, instead I would have tried to focus on a more open and timeless message. That of course is my personal view and look forward to the day when all humans are seen as individuals and that deeds, not group affiliations are honored and respected.
Originally posted by windword
I do, though, appreciate the opportunity for rebuttal, that the monument represents.
An atheist strives for involvement in life ............... He wants disease conquered, poverty banished, war eliminated."
Originally posted by LesMisanthrope
reply to post by windword
This seems ridiculous—Sue people for putting up religious monuments but then put up your own religious monument.
The American Atheists are a religious organization seeking to put up a religious monument in honor of their "church" in a public place. They too should be sued. This group promotes and provides information on "atheism", as if their position on God was any different from any other position on God. Pure double-standards and religiosity is what I see here.