Recently, A Better Region 8 focused on the Jonesboro E-911 Facebook page. Mayor Herald Perrin ordered the removal of Christian Scripture because a group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained.
In the past week, we've brought you stories of the Cave City Police adding the words "In God We Trust" to their police cars and the city of Osceola voted to add the phrase to all their city vehicles. There has been no outcry from the Freedom of Religion Foundation on this one.
So why is this one different? In 1956, Congress passed a joint resolution making "In God We Trust" the national motto of the United States, and President Eisenhower signed it into law.
The key word here is "law." So, all the Cave City Police and the city of Osceola are doing is putting the official National Motto as approved by Congress and signed in to law on their vehicles. If we are going to insist that the city of Jonesboro remove Scripture from a city run Facebook page because of separation of church and state, then we need to support Cave City, Osceola, and others for using the law to their advantage and putting our National Motto on their vehicles.
Maybe the city of Jonesboro should consider putting "In God We Trust" on their city run Facebook pages as well as their city vehicles and see what opponents do then. Freely expressing our beliefs while understanding and obeying the law makes us American…and also makes this A Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager
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