The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation won a battle in Pittsburg, Kan., but they may have lost the war if their intention was to rid the city of “God Bless America” signs. FFRF used the power of its organization’s legal team to force the Pittsburg post office to remove a “God Bless America” banner from the side of the office which angered many residents.
That anger quickly turned into action as a group of First Amendment loving Americans decided to flood the town with free “God Bless America” signs. A local business, Jake’s Fireworks, purchased and distributed 1,200 yard signs and 300 banners to give away to the citizenry, who were more than eager to get their hands on the age-old symbolic statement of America’s trust in God. Jake’s Fireworks quickly ran out of the signs and are currently printing more.
Local politicians even got into the giveaway by being the ones to personally distribute the signs to the throngs of people lined up to get them. Cars for two blocks were lined up for the drive-by giveaway of the patriotic signage.
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“We have no problem whatsoever with private individuals displaying whatever they want including ‘God Bless America’ on their personal property,” responded FFRF spokesperson Madeline Ziegler. “That’s exactly the perfect place for religious sentiments.”
According to the Morning Sun, others were not so pleased with the forceful removal of the post office’s banner. “It is outrageous that some would aim to divide a community over a banner that has been proudly displayed since Sept. 11, (2001),” wrote Kansas Republican U.S. Senator Jerry Moran. “I commend the Pittsburg community for rejecting this decision and I stand with them. The Constitution guarantees a right to freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. This banner is not only an expression of faith, but of love for country.”