The small city of Hondo, Texas has been known for its distinctive “welcome” signs (that have been up since 1932) that read, “Welcome. This is God’s Country. Please Don’t Drive Through It Like Hell.”
Pretty cute, right? Well, not to some atheists, apparently, and clearly not to an organized group of atheists based out of Wisconsin, the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The FFRF has written to Hondo city officials to ask the signs be removed because…in the opinion of the atheist group…they violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
The letter written by the group includes a complaint that the signs convey the message that “nonbelievers are not welcome in the city,” as well as that they declare “government preference for religion over non-religion.”
According to The Gospel Herald Society, Hondo mayor Jim Danner said in response to the letter that, “There’s no way in hell we’re going to take those signs down.”
This is one of the best examples I’ve seen recently as to what makes so many atheists insufferable. Here is a clever, fun, municipal sign message that contains an incidental expression of faith. No reasonable person would say that it is an example of government-sponsored religion, an official endorsement of Christianity, or anything like that. Only the most unhinged progressive would agree with the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s contention that the signs indicate “that nonbelievers are not welcome in the city,” and, still, here we are again.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large