Updated 7/1/2013

God wrote the Ten Commandments on a table of stone (Exodus 31:18)

Florida: A group with American Atheists unveiled a monument to atheism on Saturday beside a granite slab displaying the Ten Commandments in front of the Bradford County Courthouse.

The group has stated their monument is the first "atheist monument on government property" in the United States.

The American Atheists sued to have the Ten Commandments removed, but they settled for space to erect their own monument during arbitration.

The founder of American Atheists, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, brought a lawsuit against the Baltimore City Public School System in 1960, to outlaw Bible reading in public schools. Her case went to the US Supreme Court and in an 8-1 vote, Bible reading was banned from US public schools.

A fellow member of American Atheists, David Waters, later kidnapped O'Hair, her son Jon and her granddaughter Robin, the daughter of her son William, who became a Christian and was distanced from O'Hair, his daughter and brother Jon.

On August 27, 1995, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, her son Jon and granddaughter Robin went missing. Members of American Atheists speculated they may have taken the organization's assets and fled. Subsequently, none of the members of the atheist group, or her estranged son William, ever made a missing persons report, until one year after they went missing, at which time William filed a missing persons report. When O'Hair, her son and granddaughter were not found, they were declared dead.

A murder investigation was later opened and David Waters, who had a criminal history of violence, even beating his own mother viciously, was arrested for the O'Hair murders, but the bodies had not been found.

In January 2001, David Waters led police to the bodies of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, her son Jon and granddaughter Robin on a Texas ranch. All of the bodies were severed into dozens of pieces with a saw. The bodies were so mutilated that identification had to be made through dental records. David Waters fiance later testified that Waters fantasized about torturing O'Hair, prior to the kidnapping and murders. Waters had also taken over $600,000 of American Atheist assets before killing the O'Hairs.

Madalyn Murray O'Hair was a foul-mouthed, bigoted, Christian-hating woman and she caused much distress to the saints of God and hindered furtherance of the gospel through numerous lawsuits and constant harassment. She railed against God unashamedly. Does that go unpunished? Apparently not. The Word of God says,

"The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They (fools) are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none who does good" Psalm 14:1. "Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly" Proverbs 17:12.

As I read Proverbs 17 this morning, prior to running across this report about the atheists' monument, I had a fleeting thought that King Solomon might have been overzealous about saying a fool is worse off than a man running into a "bear robbed of her whelps." I suddenly repented of that thought, because there is no error in God's Word; it is Holy and infallible.

As I read this report later, about these atheists and their monument who are of the same group founded by Madalyn Murray O'Hair, I was suddenly reminded of her horrific death and the deaths of her son and granddaughter, who were avowed atheists along with her. I thought of the scripture I read in Proverbs this morning, about a fool being worse off than a man facing a violent bear. I thought how strange it is that this group has no fear of God, even after the horrifying death suffered by the founder of their organization and her family of atheists, except for her Christian son William!

This scripture comes to me as I am writing,

"Because that when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. For this cause, God gave them up to vile affections, for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature; and even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful, who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them" Romans 1:21-22,26,28-32.

It just so happens that Madalyn Murray O'Hair came out of a Christian church. She had been baptized in the Presbyterian church, but later said during an interview with Playboy Magazine, "Religion is a crutch and an irrational reliance on superstitions and supernatural nonsense." She enjoyed her notoriety. Life Magazine stated she was "the most hated woman in America." She cursed frequently and her atheist son Jon cursed often, even cursing at his mother, according to staff who worked with them.

After the cover was removed from the 1,500 pound granite monument, people were smiling and rushing to have their pictures taken next to it. The Word of God says,

"Know this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts...But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise and the elements shall melt with fervent heat; the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up" 2 Peter 3:3,10.

"He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord" Proverbs 17:15.

We are living in the last days, perilous times, a time like no other. There may be a "first" for many such sins in America and throughout the world shortly, beyond gay marriage and atheistic monuments.

However, the good news is that the Lord offers salvation and eternal life to those who will believe and receive His free gift. If you aren't saved, please visit the How Can I Be Saved page of this website. Your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.