Save the water tower: Stop atheists' underhanded attack on a small Kentucky town!
A small town in rural Kentucky is now the center of a nation-wide controversy about public religious expression.
The Wilmore city water tower stands above the campus of Asbury University, a private Christian college. On top of the water tower is a small cross. Until 1976, the university owned the water tower. When they transferred ownership of the tower to the city, they stipulated in the contract that the cross remain in place.
Now an atheist activist group, the "Freedom From Religion Foundation" (FFRF), has resorted to bullying tactics by threatening Wilmore with a costly First Amendment lawsuit.
Mayor Rainwater had this to say in response to FFRF's email:
To be honest with you, I look at an email as spam. . . . I'm trying not to underestimate this and I am trying to take it seriously. I don't underestimate the reach of well-funded liberal agendas . . . but I'm not going to take a cross down because of an email.
There's a groundswell of support to keep [the cross] and I'm certainly going to fight to keep it with everything I've got. I think it's symbolic of our town. I 100% support keeping it there. We won't take it down unless we're forced to take it down.
Let's make sure Mayor Rainwater and the City of Wilmore don't have to take down the cross! Sign this petition to send an email of encouragement to Mayor Rainwater and the City of Wilmore!
This isn't just about a little cross or a small town in Kentucky. This is all about defending the right to public expression of religious belief. The Founders of the United States recognized that our Republic would only survive with an educated and religious citizenry.
The Northwest Ordinance of 1787, which the First Congress reenacted, stated: "Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged." They also authorized paying Christian chaplains from public moneys. Moreover, the Christian tradition has a privileged place in the history and culture of our nation, serving a public purpose to promote morality.
There's simply no justification for suppressing public professions of religious belief, particularly in scenarios like this. For too long, secularists have been waging a war on Christianity. Now is the time to fight back!
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