Atheists file suit against Bradford County

Published On: May 25 2012 06:10:22 PM EDT   Updated On: May 25 2012 06:14:05 PM EDT

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A 10 commandments monument was unveiled outside the Bradford County Courthouse
in Starke during the National Day of Prayer.


An atheist nonprofit group filed a complaint in federal court Friday against Bradford County, saying a monument of the Ten Commandments on the courthouse lawn violates the U.S. Constitution.

The Florida state director of the organization American Atheists said the county is showing "preference to Judeo-Christian religions and dismissing other religious and non-religious philosophies and beliefs" by placing the tablets on the government building.

"Equality is an all-or-nothing prospect. The government is not allowed to sponsor one religious position and ignore all others. Even Christians have to obey the law,” said Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists.

A similar monument in nearby Dixie County was already deemed unconstitutional and is on appeal.


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