There’s a nativity scene on the courthouse lawn in Athens, Texas and the Freedom From Religion Foundation says 1) it must be taken down or 2) their own banner must be put up alongside it.
Nathan Lorick, the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Malakoff and one of the organizers of Saturday’s rally in Athens, said: “We are humbled at the turnout of the crowd.”
“We believe that God led us to do this and so we knew he was up to something great,” he told Fox News & Commentary.
“This message is resonating in the hearts of people all over the country. This was a real statement to the nation that Christians are tired of the persecution and suppression.”
The overwhelmingly Christian community seems to share the pastor’s sentiment.
“So now they’re trying to take Baby Jesus,” said resident Tracie Lynda. “What is so offensive about a baby in a manger? If it does not mean anything to you, why does it offend you?”
It’s hard to take seriously the cries of persecution when damn near every elected official in this country — and damn near every single president we’ve ever had — have said they worship Jesus.
Anyway. the FFRF has already responded to the Attorney General in Texas (who has pledged his support for the Christians), but for now, the nativity scene in Athens is still up.
Meanwhile, with far less publicity and no complaints so far, the Van Zandt County Courthouse in Canton, Texas is doing exactly the same thing:
The FFRF has been notified of that display, too.
This is why it’s so important for atheists to speak up and speak out. We may not have the numbers to stage a 5,000 person rally for a local church/state violation, but the Constitution is on our side. If some Christians hellbent on forcing their faith down everyone else’s throats want to bring on a lawsuit, let them. They’re going to lose.
We need people courageous enough to be plaintiffs when violations like these occur. At the very least, we need to make sure people are aware of the violations so they can notify the groups who can do something about it.
(via Rail Bender)