The American Atheists organization was dedicating their new 1,500-pound granite monument to non-belief last Saturday when the ceremony was interrupted by Eric Hovind, who bills himself as a "creationist speaker."
Hovind founded "Creation Today," a Christian ministry, which states on its website: "We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, by direct act in six literal 24 hour days about 6,000 years ago (Gen 1:1; John 1:3; Col 1:16-17)."
However, the Bible never says how many years ago the earth was created.
According to the Associated Press, Hovind stood atop the atheist monument, which is near a monument of the 10 Commandments, outside the Bradford County courthouse in Starke, Florida. Both monuments are privately funded.
Hovind told the crowd: “I’d like to that the tolerance of the American Atheists for providing a platform to proclaim the truth that Jesus Christ is Lord" (video below).
"To the glory of God the father, thank you very much for being tolerant of other religions. Thank you so much for providing a platform to teach the truth.”
Not surprisingly, the crowd shouted back at Hovind for his unscheduled appearance.
"We definitely have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion," yelled Hovind.
Actually, Americans have both per the U.S. Constitution, which allows for freedom of religion, but does not allow a national religion to be imposed by the govenrment.
In addition to Hovind, a small group of protesters blasted Christian music and waved "Honk for Jesus" signs.