North Fla. county to allow atheist monument

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A North Florida county will soon be home to an atheist monument.

Bradford County has reached a deal to allow American Atheists to install a 1,500-pound granite bench near the county courthouse. The bench will feature quotes from Thomas Jefferson and Madalyn Murray O’Hair.

It will also include a list of punishments for violating the Ten Commandments, including stoning.

The placement of the monument in late June ends a lawsuit between American Atheists and the county. The national organization filed its lawsuit after Bradford County allowed a local group to install a monument that lists the Ten Commandments.

Dave Muscato, public relations director for American Atheists, told The Gainesville Sun (http://bit.ly/13o7bn6) that if religious groups are allowed to have monuments “it’s only appropriate that we have matching monuments.”

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