18 Mar 2015

Michigan Mayor Shows How To Stand up to Atheist Bullies

As more and more atheist groups are working to remove all references to God in public life, there is growing push-back by the Christian community to not surrender Constitutional rights to these anti-god bullies. Now, the mayor of Warren, Michigan has come up with a creative solution to challenge the atheists running amock in the city hall.  Christian News Network reports:
A mayor in Michigan states that he will be countering an atheist booth that will be set up near a prayer station at city hall by distributing “In God We Trust” posters through his office
As previously reported, Warren resident and member of the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) Douglas Marshall submitted a request last year to the Downtown Development Authority to use the atrium at city hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to run a “reason station,” where he would promote free thought.
However, according to reports, Marshall requested the same times that the “prayer station” is utilized to offer prayers for residents.

Although the “reason station” was permitted via a court order, this latest move by Mayor Jim Fouts is an effort to protect the freedom of speech rights of his citizens from this atheist bullying.  Christian News Network goes on:

Last month, U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Hluchaniuk approved a settlement with Warren officials to allow Marshall to have the display, which will reportedly be next to the prayer station as requested.
Now, Mayor Fouts states that he will make “In God We Trust” posters available for free at city hall in part because of the reason station now being permitted.

He believes he is on solid Constitutional grounds with this new program according to Christian News Network.
Regardless, Fouts noted that “In God We Trust” has been the national motto since the 1950’s and that his current effort is part of a wider endeavor launched by In God We Trust America out of California.
“Promoting patriotism by encouraging elected officials to legally display our national motto ‘In God We Trust’ in every city and county chamber in America keep God’s name in America and show a commitment to the values our county was founded upon,” is the organization’s mission according to its website.
Perhaps all of these atheist attacks on America’s heritage will serve a good purpose in that many people will get involved in protecting our heritage and faith.  This creative effort to counter atheist bullying is both educational and inspirational.

Groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the ACLU have distorted the 1st Amendment and bullied people of faith from expressing their constitutionally protected speech for far too long.  It’s time that a balance returns to American society – the very same balance described in the 1st Amendment.

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