After Kansas Post Office Removes Religious Sign, Residents (Fail to) Get Back at Atheists

A few days ago, I posted about how a “God Bless America” sign outside the post office in Pittsburg, Kansas had been taken down after the Freedom From Religion Foundation pointed out (on behalf of a resident) that it was essentially government endorsement of religion.


That didn’t sit over well with residents, so they decided to fight back in a way that has conservatives cheering. The website Twitchy used the clickbait-y headline, “Atheists Bully Small Town to Remove God Bless America Flag, What Happens Next Will Lift Your Spirits.”

What exactly did the people of the town do?

A few days after the banner was forced down, a local business Jakes Fireworks responded by creating 1,200 “God Bless America” yard signs and banners.

They started passing them out at 11 a.m. and finished by 11:45 a.m.

Now residents of the town are saying you can’t drive a block without seeing a “God Bless America” banner or American flag.

In other words, local residents put up “God Bless America” signs on their own property.

I don’t speak for FFRF, but let me speak for FFRF: No one cares. That’s fine. We support you.

Individuals are welcome to express their religious beliefs, certainly on their own property. The issue here was never about people bringing up God’s name. It was always about government promotion of religion. If everyone in the town wanted to put up a flag or a year-round Nativity scene on their front lawns, no big deal. Hell, they could act out the crucifixion of Jesus every night before sundown and FFRF wouldn’t blink.

As long as public schools, local police and firefighters, and City Hall has no involvement in it, we’re all good.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.