In 2011 the St. Paul United Methodist Church of Searcy, Arkansas asked then police chief Kyle Osborne if they could place a small white cross on the corner of the police station’s lot. He said it would be okay and so the cross was planted outside of the chief’s private entrance and everyone went about their usual business. The little white crosses were put in other spots around town and no one seemed concerned. After all, it expressed at the most, a belief in the tenants of Christianity, and at the least acknowledgment of the city’s historical past association with Christianity.
Allegedly a citizen of Searcy whined to the Madison, Wisconsin based Freedom From Religion Foundation 501.c tax exempt organization and now their lawyers are threatening the small town.
According to a press release by the FFRF: ” Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor took issue with both of those statements. ‘As mayor, you represent all Searcy residents, including atheists, Jews, and other non-Christians. In other words, you were elected to represent the entire city, not just Christians.’ “To the police chief, they wrote, “Your department strives to ‘perform our duties and responsibilities with pride, faith, hope, and dedication to our core principles and values as expressed in the Constitutions of the United States of America and the State of Arkansas.’ . . . Making public statements that stress the Christian atmosphere in the department is insensitive, and alienates citizens who adhere to minority religions or who do not believe in any faith.”
Oh really? In the Supreme Court ruling of Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, 143 U.S. 457 (1892) it is expressly stated that the United States is a Christian nation!
“If we examine the constitutions of the various states, we find in them a constant recognition of religious obligations. Every Constitution of every one of the forty-four states contains language which, either directly or by clear implication, recognizes a profound reverence for religion, and an assumption that its influence in all human affairs is essential to the well being of the community.”
“There is no dissonance in these declarations. There is a universal language pervading them all, having one meaning. They affirm and reaffirm that this is a religious nation. These are not individual sayings, declarations of private persons. They are organic utterances. They speak the voice of the entire people.”
For example: “Christianity, general Christianity, is, and always has been, a part of the common law of Pennsylvania; . . . not Christianity with an established church and tithes and spiritual courts, but Christianity with liberty of conscience to all men.”
“The free, equal, and undisturbed enjoyment of religious opinion, whatever it may be, and free and decent discussions on any religious subject, is granted and secured; but to revile, with malicious and blasphemous contempt, the religion professed by almost the whole community is an abuse of that right.
The FFRF enjoys placing their secular religion programs (yes, atheism is a religion and has been declared so by the Supreme Court) on taxpayer funded public television. And their views and actions are vile!
The FFRF brags on their website about these recent accomplishments:
And finally, to add to their rubbish they offer a deBaptism certificate. They believe that children should not be Baptized and that is cruel, unreasonable, and amounts to child abuse! They say it is “repugnant” to subject any child or young person to the “primitive ritual.”
The latest news being reported on the FRFF says that Police Chief Jeremy Clark continues to comply with their demands. Good job Chief Clark!