When the Freedom From Religion Foundation found out that a Texas courthouse had erected crosses on its property, they immediately demanded the removal of the religious symbols or face a lawsuit. The atheists weren’t expecting the town’s surprising response.
When religious symbols are displayed, atheist activists are quick to insist upon their removal, arguing that the exhibits are not only unconstitutional but also promote one ideology over all others. What they fail to recognize is their own infringement upon the constitutional rights of others and the fact that the removal of all religious displays aligns with the promotion of their own atheistic ideology, subjecting the majority to their personal beliefs.
Disturbingly, this attack on the Christian-Judeo values is rapidly spreading, infiltrating our higher courts and legislatures. Of course, anti-religion groups know that the easiest targets are small Christian towns with traditional values and limited resources. Most of these communities find it nearly impossible to fight back against their expensive lawsuits and substantial donations.
Although a large number of communities threatened by atheist activist groups cave in right from the start, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) may have met its match. In fact, instead of meeting the anti-faith organization’s ultimatum, one tiny Texas town has decided to send an unmistakable message.
In an open letter, the FFRF demanded that the city of Coldspring remove four large crosses from the county courthouse or face “expensive and unnecessary legal liability.” The group warned that if the city failed to fulfill the request, they would file a lawsuit against the city on behalf of the single Coldspring resident who complained about the crosses to the organization. However, the FFRF simply wasn’t prepared for the townspeople’s response.
According to Breitbart, around 700 residents filled the San Jacinto County courthouse, which was designed to seat just 500, and even more locals swarmed nearby parking lots and streets to tell the atheist activists that they would never allow their elected officials to remove the crosses. In an unbelievable showing, hundreds of local Texans raised signs and crosses, sending an unmistakable message to the Wisconsin-based FFRF.
After seeing the overwhelming support for the religious display, the commissioners voted unanimously to keep the crosses and reject the FFRF’s demand. Of course, the decision was easy considering the powerful arguments proposed by dozens in the crowd.
San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner responded to the crowd, “Thank you all for making this easy.” The county judge later told Breitbart News, “I think the people have spoken. We are elected by the people and it is our obligation to follow the people.”
Around 45 San Jacinto County residents signed up to address commissioners, all of whom expressed support for the crosses. Even local pastor Terry Holcomb, Sr. told the FFRF that if they don’t like the crosses, they can “go suck a tailpipe.” Uproarious applause and shouting filled the building for the entire meeting.
A church member from the nearby town of Point Blank summed it up, “This is a standing room only crowd. This is a standing room only kind of community, and this a stand for a Jesus kind of crowd.”
Resident Cloresa Porter warned, “The devil is alive” and “political correctness is a one-way ticket to Hell.”
Some residents expressed concern over the fact that a tiny minority can force the majority to promote their atheistic values. Others agreed that removing the crosses was merely the first step in a long line of religious attacks. Still, others argued that the crosses weren’t an emblem of religious superiority but an attempt to recognize and memorialize their town and nation’s founding upon Christian principles.
“The foundation of this town is built upon God,” Calvary Christian Academy student James Holcomb stated, “and just because you cannot respect that, doesn’t mean you can take it away from us.”
The county meeting looked and felt more like a packed church on Easter Sunday. There were shouts of “Thank you, Jesus!” during all three hours of consecutive 3-minute speeches from residents. However, Christians weren’t the only ones celebrating. Even self-proclaimed “atheist-agnostic” Scott Eschelman testified to the commissioners that he “got knocked out by the love of Jesus” in the San Jacinto community.
In too many cases, the vocal minority of anti-religious extremists manage to bully the Christian majority into submission. However, this time they were met with the power of a peaceful, united majority invoking their God-given rights.