Creation Speaker Eric Hovind interrupted an Atheist gathering who unveiled the 1,500-pound granite bench this weekend. The monument was built alongside a granite slab that lists the Ten Commandments in front of the Bradford County courthouse, according to reports.
The bench has engraved quotes from Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the founder of American Atheists.
Hovind stood up on a raised platform and surprised the crowd by preaching messages from Gospel. “I’d like to that the tolerance of the American Atheists for providing a platform to proclaim the truth that Jesus Christ is Lord. 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.”
While answering an atheist who said religion was just a fairy tale, Hovind said, “The problem is it's not a fairy tale. We definitely have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.”
Of course, this was meant to be sarcastic. And it worked because most of the people in the crowd started shouting at Hovind who basically made everyone uncomfortable with his Gospel ‘truth’.
Not just Hovind’s interruption, but the event itself was a controversial occasion. Some 200 people attended the unveiling of the monument. While most of the people present were supportive, there were also protesters, including a group from Florida League of the South holding signs that said “Yankees Go Home.”
You can watch Hovind’s abrupt speech in the video above. Do try to listen closely to the reaction coming from the atheists.