“There’s no way in hell that sign is coming down”, says Hondo Mayor Jim Danner. He’s talking about a historic sign that greets travelers as they enter the little Texas city’s limits. The sign reads, “This is God’s Country,” and that put a bee in the bonnet of some folks who hate God.
For the moment we will set aside the facts that it’s silly to hate someone who you don’t even believe is real, and that Hell probably doesn’t have speed limits (let alone cars). The sign is humorous, obviously, but – bless their hearts – these anti-God folks have no sense of humor.
This past week The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent an email to Hondo, Texas which reads in part, “It is inappropriate for the city of Hondo to display religious signs that convey government preference for religion over non religion.” The email adds, “the display of the religious message, ‘This is God’s country’ on public property violates the establishment clause of the first amendment”
According to FFRF, a whopping 2 of Hondo’s 9,000 residents are upset about the signs. Because, in an era when ISIS is torturing and slaughtering “infidels,” and mass murderers are shooting up Orlando nightclubs, the word “God” on a small sign in a tiny Texas town is what upsets these people.
We take that back. They may actually be worried about speeding:
“Some people may want to flee ‘God’s Country’ faster than hell,” FFRF Co-President Anne Laurie Gaylor said. “Hondo officials could actually be encouraging drivers to speed with such signs.”
Hondo resident Ruth Davis told FOX San Antonio, “I think and as our constitution says everybody has a right to their thinking, but when they start pushing their beliefs on us that changes to whole picture.”
“Our country was founded on religious freedom definitely. Why do we not have the freedom to express our beliefs (freedom) as well” asks Stacy Cross.
But Hondo isn’t above editing the signs. In fact, back in 2012 the signs were changed to include the word, “Please.” Because this is Texas y’all! Mayor Danner says a letter of response is being drafted by Hondo’s city attorney and will hopefully be completed later today.