A Christian legal organization is taking action to put an end to an atheist organization’s lawsuit against a Ten Commandments monument in Florida – while at the same time trying to counter the anti-Christian group’s proposals to set up its own retaliatory displays.
American Atheists, Incorporated – along with a local atheist – filed suit against a Ten Commandments monument next to the Levy County Courthouse, complaining that it represents the unconstitutional entanglement of government with religion.
Liberty Counsel (LC) Founder Mat Staver maintains that the atheist group wants to erase American history – not just remove the monument.
“But they frankly don't have any standing or right to be in the courtroom in the first place, and so we're moving forward to get this case entirely dismissed,” Staver argued in an LC press release. “You have to have an injury, and simply being offended when you're out of the area – or even out of the state – doesn't give you the right to file a lawsuit to try to redecorate the landscape and remove the Ten Commandments.”
The atheists introduced several proposals for their own displays at the courthouse, which would be a put down to the Ten Commandments.
“They basically wanted to be a fly in the ointment, if you will, but they don't have a right to join in a forum that otherwise is dedicated to public expressions of American law and history – and put something in there that literally denigrates another monument or private display.
One of the group’s proposals was to place a statue of Madelyn Murray O'Hair – the founder of the atheist organization – who is best known for a lawsuit that removed prayer from public schools.