"When you look at this monument, the first thing you will notice is that it has a function. Atheists are about the real and the physical, so we selected to place this monument in the form of a bench."
During the unveiling who else would show up but dear old Eric Hovind with Creationist Today. Immediately after Silvermans speech Eric Hovinds buddy started his preaching and questioning why Silverman wouldn't debate him. After that while posing for photographs Hovind thought it wise to jump up on to the newly placed bench and began shouting.
“The problem is it’s not a fairy tale. We definitely have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.”
Atheists shouted at him, and he jumped down after about a single minute. This worries me some. If he was so willing to do that without concern of police intervention -though I doubt they'd have probable cause to- and without any few of backlash I'm concerned of people damaging the bench. The way locales took it saying things such as "we don't like outsiders making changes" raises my fears as well. Hopefully I'm just playing the role of a concerned mother on this.
After Eric Hovind had done that though Silverman had an amazing counter protest plan. He stood on the statue of the ten commandments and stated how it was lies and a myth. How happy I am he did that is unknowable. To my surprise he even helped Hovind off of the monument.
“Some people think it’s an attack simply by us exerting our existence. They put a monument on a public lawn that, if you put it in context, says atheists should be killed,” Silverman said. “It is an attack, but it’s an attack on Christian privilege, not an attack on Christians themselves, and not so much an attack on Christianity.”
I personally am thankful for the American Atheist group and all the work they do to right for mine and other atheist rights. They are a very much so needed bunch of individuals and to me they are amazing. Below do tell what your views of this are. Are you an atheist? Do you support this decision?