If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em — Atheists Unveil Monument Next to Ten Commandments

Nothing gets a bunch of atheists riled up quite like a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Holy Bible being allowed stand near a courthouse.  We’ve seen this in multiple states.  It really pisses them off.  Then they do the logical thing…they sue and claim that somehow the Ten Commandments are harming them sitting there minding their own business.  It’s kind of ironic.  The overwhelming majority of atheists support gay marriage and like to make the argument that it doesn’t affect traditional marriages at all.  And yet, they seem to think a monument of the Ten Commandments directly violates them.  Gotta smile at the irony, right?

Common Sense Conspiracy has no problem with atheists or Christians.  We find it mildly humorous that both sides work so hard to try to throw dirt on the other.  If Christians followed the doctrine they are supposed to, they wouldn’t judge others and wouldn’t be bothered about their atheist friends.  If atheists followed the doctrine they are supposed to, they would find monuments of the Ten Commandments silly and not worthy of much more than a passing wink and a smile at their knowing atheist friends.  And yet, it’s a point of contention for both parties and both seem to feel that the presence of the Ten Commandments either validates or invalidates their beliefs.  Of course, the theory is that atheists don’t believe in anything, right?  Well, guess again.  They actually have put a monument to “non-belief” next to the Ten Commandments monument at the Bradford County courthouse.

Should religion be in our government and courtrooms?  Well, probably not, for obvious reasons.  Is the monument hurting anything?  Probably not.  The irony about all of the fervor over the Ten Commandments is that it’s hard to really have a problem with very many of them.  Now, we understand the premise…but let’s take a closer look.  Are you ready to look at the Ten Commandments in detail from a Christian vs. Atheist perspective.  Oh yeah, it’s gonna be fun.

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1.  Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  Okay, okay.  You’re an atheist, you gotta little problem with this one.  You don’t believe in any gods so the idea that this one God that your Christian friends love and admire offends you to the core.  For Christians, it kinda all starts right there and really ends right there.  This is probably the one that really bites the atheists the most, but we do point out that if you really embrace your atheism, you would find this mildly humorous at best and not offensive.  Unless of course you consider yourself to be in all-out opposition to it, in which you are actually actively fighting against it, meaning that you are not being tolerant.

2.  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.  Well, for Christians, it’s pretty simple.  For atheists, it’s pretty simple too.  Since you don’t believe in anything, it makes sense you wouldn’t be making graven images for them.  Unless of course you build one outside the courthouse for your “non-beliefs.”

3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. Once again, if you are Christian, this is pretty simple.  Your supposed to be enamored with God, so why go around using his name when you stub your toe?  If you are an atheist, it doesn’t really make sense to do this either.  After all, since you don’t believe in it, you can’t really be taking it in vain, so all you are doing is getting extra fun points poking fun at the Christians.

4. Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy. Well, for Christians, this is why they get dressed up and do the whole church thing.  They don’t really follow it though, because they like to go shopping and eat at restaurants after they are done, which forces other people to work, which forces them to break the sabbath, which means that they are directly causing others to sin against God.  It’s complicated.  For atheists, this is another case of “Hmm…I think I’ll just keep on doing what I was doing.”

5. Honour thy father and thy mother.  If you are Christian, this means treat your mother and father with respect and dignity.  If you’re atheist, this means treat your mother and father with respect and dignity.  It’s easy to see the divide here.

6. Thou shalt not kill. For Christians, this means that you can’t just go around killing people because God says so.  For atheists, this is highly offensive, because having something like this posted in a public place means that they are being discriminated against in their unalienable right to at least think about killing people if they want to at any given time.  Of course, most atheists still adhere to the same moral code as their Christian counterparts (some much more effectively, no less), so, I don’t know, maybe they can agree on this controversial concept that killing others is just not a good idea in general.  The waters get a little murky on abortion though.

7.  Thou shalt not commit adultery.  For Christians, this means when you get married, you’re supposed to just be with that one person.  That’s the idea behind it.  For atheists, this is another highly offensive concept that they don’t want shoved down their throats.  Fortunately, both atheists and Christians seem to have a problem with going along with this one en masse, so perhaps they could reach some agreement and just strike this one down.  Nine Commandments anyone?

8.  Thou shalt not steal.  Another one of those highly controversial ideas that really gets everyone stirred up.  Don’t steal?  Stealing is wrong?  I don’t understand the words coming out of your mouth.

9.  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.  Once again, this is a Christian idea spilling over into the mainstream, causing problems as usual.  I mean, people have a right to lie on others if they want to.  Don’t tell us what to do.

10.  Thou shalt not covet.  This is a funny one, especially in today’s society.  Hell, the Christians covet their Ten Commandments monument.  The atheists covet getting to tear it down.  Meanwhile we all watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Duck Dynasty and wax poetic about our beliefs or non-beliefs, as it were.

So, the final verdict… well, the Ten Commandments are not really that bad, and it’s kind of hard to see how it discriminates or offends anyone really.  The atheist monument doesn’t either, and we think it’s pretty swell that they made their statement and put it there to show those pesky Christians who is boss.  We also wonder why if they really don’t believe what they are supposed to not believe all the way, why then do they waste their time commemorating it with a monument?  

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  • Jim

    The writer doesn’t seem to have an understanding of the real objections atheists have to the ten commandments being posted or displayed on government property. It’s called Separation of Church and State. It bars any level of government from endorsing one religion over another and also for applying religion based rules/law to the legal system. By posting any religion’s symbols or beliefs inside or on any government property, without displaying a large variety of religions, it is an endorsement on that religion and is Unconstitutional. Sadly this is rarely, if ever, the case. Many times most other religions are treated with disgust for suggesting equal treatment with christianity. To allow christian symbols and ideals on the property, symbols from Judaism, Islam, Hindu, and many others INCLUDING Satanism, must be given the same equal right to representation.

    As an atheist I feel I need to respond with my take on the, largely wrong, atheistic views on each of the ten commandments. I’ll only address the ones that struck me as wrong or in need of comment.

    1. No other gods: I agree. This is something that doesn’t effect us as we don’t believe a god exists. The problem arises when christians attempt to legislate or hate using that god as justification.

    2. Graven images: It’s not about expressing “non-beliefs”. It’s about keeping it Constitutionally legal and representing more than just Xtianity.

    3. No Killing- I object to the insinuation that atheists are bloodthirsty murderers. Morals do not come from religion. In fact, most religions are a very bad place to find moral guidance if you actually read the holy books. If a person needs religion to not kill someone, then they lack basic human empathy.

    4. No adultery- Another highly offensive claim about atheists. According to the writer, atheists are incapable of monogamy. Once again, monogamy does not stem from religion. Religions, even Xtrianity, have a long history of polygamy and harems. Monogamy is about love for one person above others and to insinuate that atheists are incapable of this, is highly offensive.

    5. Don’t lie- The statement made implies that atheists as a whole are liars not to be trusted while painting those that follow christianity as always upstanding and truthful. A highly offensive statement.

    As a whole and what they say, the ten commandments aren’t offensive. It’s when monuments are put up and other faiths, or non-faiths, are not given equal representation. If the writer of this post were to actually read the arguments that the proponents of the atheist monument made, they would know this. They sued the local government to either take it down or write guidelines to ensure all other (non)faiths would get equal opportunity for representation on government property. If they refused, the christian monument would have been in violation of the Constitution and in place illegally and would have been removed.
    Remember, the issue here is not the beliefs or an attack on the beliefs. It’s about keeping the wall of separation between church and state. Keeping it legal within the Constitution of the United States.

  • Syd

    @ Jim — I agree that the article did not address the real objections that atheists have when it comes to religious monuments in government buildings. Your explanation of that is rational and fair. However, to say that the writer is insinuating that atheists are blood thirsty, adulterous, liars is not so fair. I think it’s obvious using a satirical tone to make the point that atheists and Christians are not divided on many of the issues listed in the 10 commandments (such as thou shall not kill).

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