Those who erected the monument say it's the first public marker dedicated to atheism in the United States, and it was officially unveiled on Saturday in front of about 200 people who crowded the courthouse's courtyard.
I'm just wondering if there is any "monument" to atheism anywhere else in the world because it is sort of a non-concept. Of course, if things like "humanism" and "reason" can count as atheism, the world is full of such things.
France would have been the central point of such items after the Revolution when Christianity was abolished and the churches that were not torn down or transformed into warehouses were labeled "temples of reason."
Some of the more famous temples of reason, were the former Notre Dame de Paris, ex-Notre Dame de Reims, the ex-basilica of Saint Denis, the Pantheon in Paris, the ex-church at Invalides, ex-Saint Sulpice and a number of other places.
The summary of the "Cult of Reason" to replace religion is still in official use in France. It is "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité."
This counts as subversive I think in the god-crazy US, and more particularly in the fundi Y'alliban South. As K2 alludes though, a null hypothesis is hardly conducive to iconographic statuary.
From my perspective as a fundamentalist agnostic however, I am happy to see any peeling back of the deep seated American taboo against Enlightment rationalism--even if it's a couple of centuries overdue.