A group of atheists, agnostics and freethinkers are threatening to sue a small Wisconsin town because of two welcome signs.
The signs, which were posted some 50 years ago, read, “The Churches of Oconomowoc Welcome You.”
The Freedom From Religion Foundation said the welcome signs are unconstitutional because they are not neutral toward all faiths.
“It endorses religion over non-religion and Christianity over all other faiths,” FFRF attorney Ryan Jayne wrote in a letter to town leaders.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is on a national crusade to eradicate public displays of the Christian faith. They typically target communities that do not have the financial resources to fight back.
“I’m sure they have the best intentions but it sends a message that you are not a favorite citizen because the favorite citizens are Christian citizens and the second problem is it violates the constitution,” Mr. Jayne told Fox 6.
Mr. Jayne, told Lake Country Now if the signs had been promoting Islam residents would not be so supportive.
“I think a lot of Christians would understand the problem with that,” he told the newspaper. “Because Christianity is the majority religion, I think it’s often difficult for people who are in that majority to understand why it feels that way.”
Mayor David Nold told the newspaper they are consulting with their attorneys to determine if the signs are actually on public property and if they are – whether the signs must come down.