The Great Meme Project, founded by Sven and Helga Ibsen, is in the beginning stages of building an expansive monument in the shape of famed biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins that will also be used to house the dead. The project is currently underway, and when finished will encompass an area over one square mile and will be able to hold one million bodies.
"We wanted a place where atheists and agnostics could be interred without being surrounded by superstitious propaganda," stated Sven. "Of course, we don't believe in a soul or spirit, but it's the principle that's important," he added. "It's also important for surviving family members, too," Helga said. "We don't want our gravestones marred by overly zealous theists."
|One giant eye is going to be an observatory,|
the other a planetarium.
The complex is being built in the suburbs of Oslo, Norway. While Norway is not too far for many Europeans, the idea of being buried thousands of miles away is daunting for many godless in the States. In response to this concern a charitable trust has been developed to offer graveyard scholarships for those who need it.
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The interior design of the building offers family members and other loved ones several areas for quiet reflection. While there are no chapels, per se, there are several libraries as well as viewing rooms that will show independent films and documentaries. A pub is being considered for Irish wakes.
The Great Meme Project is currently being funded through donations and those godless who wish to reserve their final resting place right now. A non profit organization has been set up to manage the funds. "There were some voices who wanted us to be a for profit agency, but that was quickly shot down. We want fiscal transparency. There will be a lot of money spent for the reinforced concrete that will make up Professor Dawkins' head, and we want people to be able to trust us completely," stated Helga.
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God's honest truth.
Currently the project site is being picketed by the Westboro Baptist Church and Ken Ham's Answers in Genesis. In addition to the church's traditional protest posters (God hates fags, etc.) a new sign has been designed to combine the two groups' messages -- God hates artificially designed Necropolises.
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If you click the link in the first sentence you will learn about the Christian burial mishegas going on.