What an incredible few weeks this has been.
On June 29, American Atheists unveiled the first-ever atheist-sponsored monument to be placed on government property in Starke, Florida. This historic victory for atheist equality was a result of the hard work of American Atheists activists in Florida and throughout our organization. But this is just the first step.
At the unveiling, I announced that American Atheists would be placing up to 50 more monuments on public land throughout the nation to challenge the monopoly which religious groups have had for too long and to assert and protect our equality.
Our preference is that no monuments to any religious perspective appear on government property, and we will work hard to remove religious monuments or prevent them from being built in the first place. Using this approach, we can affect many more than just 50 communities with this program.
If religionists insist on placing their monument and on pushing the lie that the United States is a "Christian nation" by placing monuments to the Ten Commandments, we are going to push back with the truth: that the Ten Commandments are a barbaric relic of the past that conflict directly with our Constitution and values.
This is what American Atheists is all about. Standing up for our rights, for our equality, and never shying away from the truth. Equality is an all-or-nothing proposition. If they can put up a monument, so can we.
We need your help in this fight. Please become a Member of American Atheists today. Without the support of our members, none of our work would be possible.
These monuments are just one part of our larger strategy. In addition, we have filed a lawsuit against the IRS challenging the special treatment given to churches under the tax code. Once again, this is about equality: equality for all Americans, regardless of their religious beliefs.
I have seen how far our movement has come in such a short time, but we still have work to do.
I need you to stand with American Atheists as we continue continue the fight for equality.