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Tue Jul 4, 2017, 09:13 PM

PA City Finally Removes Veterans Memorial Bench That Denigrated Atheists

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/07/04/pa-city-finally-removes-veterans-memorial-bench-that-denigrated-atheists/




PA City Finally Removes Veterans Memorial Bench That Denigrated Atheists
July 4, 2017 by Hemant Mehta

For more than a decade, Justus Park in Oil City, Pennsylvania was home to a bench honoring veterans that read “Men Who Aren’t Governed By God, Will Be Governed By Tyrants.”

As if our only options were God or tyranny.

It was a slap in the face to atheist veterans — and everyone who gives a damn about the Constitution, since this was clearly government promotion of religion, breaking the very laws our vets fought to uphold.

Last November, the American Atheists Legal Center sent a letter to Mayor William P. Moon, Jr. noting that, while the bench had been around since 2003, that wasn’t an excuse to allow it to remain there.

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After receiving the complaint, American Atheists obtained pictures of the entire VFW Memorial and understands the intent of the obelisk and two benches is to honor those who have served and died overseas. However, the Tyrants Bench contains an overtly religious message which endorses one particular religious viewpoint: Christianity. The statement that “Men Who Aren’t Governed By God, Will Be Governed By Tyrants” not only has absolutely nothing to do with honoring our service members but is derisive toward the all non-Christian American service members who have served and died for this country.

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American Atheists offered to replace the bench, at no cost to taxpayers, with a more inclusive message that both sides would find “mutually agreeable.”

Or they could duke it out in court.


Cross posted in Atheists & Agnostics (Group)

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Response to NeoGreen (Original post)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 09:15 PM

1. And while they're at it, they might consider replacing it with something that isn't sexist either.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 5, 2017, 12:25 PM

3. EXACTLY!!!

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Response to NeoGreen (Original post)

Tue Jul 4, 2017, 11:11 PM

2. So......are we to believe that people who lived in Imperial Spain, Inquisition and all,

weren't being governed by tyrants?

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