Tucker Carlson: Florida atheist monument ‘will be magnet for graffiti’

By David Edwards
Monday, June 3, 2013 10:09 EDT
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Tucker Carlson speaks to Father Jonathan Morris
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Sunday predicted that Christians and other people in Florida would deface the first atheist monument to be placed on government property.

In a news release last week, American Atheists President David Silverman explained that a 1,500-pound granite bench was being placed at the Bradford County Courthouse because atheists have often felt like “second-class citizens.”

The monument was part of a settlement after Bradford County refused to remove a Ten Commandments monument that was installed at the courthouse.

“Sure it’s legal, the question is, is it necessary?” Carlson asked Fox News contributor Father Jonathan Morris. “I thought atheists — and atheism, of course, is a species of religion — were against religious monuments on public property.”

“You are right, I believe, Tucker, that it’s silly,” Morris opined. “Why do we have a Ten Commandments there at a federal courthouse? Because of the tradition of law and justice and truth being based also on religious revelation, revelation of what God’s will is for us and how we behave.”

“So the sad thing in my opinion, is rather than just respecting different people’s opinions, this is not what we can call an atheist monument, but rather a Christian protest monument,” the Catholic priest continued. “They are protesting the fact that the Ten Commandments are there. I don’t find it respectful, I think it’s disrespectful.”

Fox News co-host Alisyn Camerota observed that Morris should be thankful that a compromise was found that allowed the Ten Commandments monument to remain at the courthouse.

“Yes, I’m glad they did stand up to that,” Morris agreed. “However, I think it reveals a silliness, and also the intention of this group. They do not want the Ten Commandments to be allowed. And they’re only putting their atheist bench, which is a mockery of the Ten Commandments, in order to prove their point, that they are to be respected in the exact same way, meaning that their views should be able to go against the views of, in this case, the Ten Commandments.”

“I have a feeling that bench will be a magnet for graffiti,” Carlson predicted mischievously. “Just a guess.”

“I hope not,” Morris replied.

Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox & Freinds, broadcast June 2, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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