Atheists Fight Quirky Harmless Religious Sign
The place is Hondo, Texas, located about three hours south of San Angelo and holds a population of about 8,000 people. Why is it making the headlines? Well, Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has made it a point to have the sign removed.
The sign reads, "This is God's Country, Please Don't Drive Through It Like Hell."
The famous sign was placed as a deterrent for speeders coming into Hondo to slow down. Since then it has become a landmark for tourists to take photos. It's been featured in the news, and print media. But is now making headlines for removal.
Today, citizens and people like myself are taking a stand to keep the sign. It's funny, it's quirky, and it's not hurting anyone being where it's at. It's a landmark for the town of Hondo, TX and a pretty funny one at that.
In the FFRF press release, it states,
"It is inappropriate for the city of Hondo to display religious signs that convey government preference for religion over nonreligion," FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor writes to Hondo Mayor James Danner. "The display of the religious message 'This Is God's Country' on public property violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which prohibits public bodies from advancing, supporting, or promoting religion. It is also needlessly divisive, since it sends the message that nonbelievers are not welcome in the city."
So does the sign deter non-believers or influence driver safety? Let us know what you think!