FFRF asks city to remove ‘God’s country’ signs

FFRF has objected to religious highway signs that greet people when they enter Hondo, Texas.

Signs proclaiming “Welcome — This Is God’s Country Please Don’t Drive Through It Like Hell — Hondo, Texas” are displayed prominently by U.S. Route 90, at the city borders.

“It is inappropriate for the city of Hondo to display religious signs that convey government preference for religion over nonreligion,” FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor wrote to Hondo Mayor James Danner. “The display of the religious message ‘This Is God’s Country’ on public property violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which prohibits public bodies from advancing, supporting, or promoting religion. It is also needlessly divisive, since it sends the message that nonbelievers are not welcome in the city.”

Also, the signs could very well be misconstrued. It needs to find an alternative way to promote safe driving.

“Some people may want to flee ‘God’s Country’ faster than hell,” Gaylor adds. “Hondo officials could actually be encouraging drivers to speed with such signs.”

FFRF is asking the city of Hondo to immediately remove these signs from public property and refrain from displaying any messages that endorse religion in the future.

Freedom From Religion Foundation