You’ve heard it before, and you’ll most probably hear it again: Don’t mess with Texas.
In the East Texas town of Coldspring, residents packed into their community shelter yesterday as county leaders addressed a demand to remove four crosses from the local San Jacinto County courthouse.
The atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation (FRFF), based in Wisconsin, issued the complaint about the crosses, and demanded the hearing and ultimate removal of the shrine.
Well, the local residents didn’t seem to like this, not one bit. They packed the large parking lot adjacent to the shelter, and also filled neighboring parking lots . Many displayed large crosses, signs, and others wore shirts reading “All in for Jesus” and other religious expressions.
The shelter, designed to hold 500 people, had between 600 and 700 San Jacinto County residents at the hearing, the vast majority of whom supported the display of the crosses at their courthouse.
Ultimately, the residents beat the political correctness, and the county commissioners voted unanimously to keep the crosses displayed, and to ignore FFRF’s demand to remove what it described as an unconstitutional display of “religious iconography.”
According to Breitbart:
A church member from the nearby town of Point Blank summed it up, “This is a standing room only crowd. This is a standing room only kind of community, and this a stand for a Jesus kind of crowd.”
Resident Cloresa Porter warned, “The devil is alive” and “political correctness is a one-way ticket to Hell.”
Speakers made several references to the “Wisconsin whiners,” including the chairman of the local Republican Party. Chairman Dwayne Wright reported that Texans from around the state called and offered to attend the meeting. He told them, “San Jac has got this for now.”
William “Maddog” McCulloch, “invite[d] those people from Wisconsin to take the cross off my house.” The veteran warned, “It’s going to weigh a lot more when they leave.” “Go back to Wisconsin. This is Texas.” Another Coldspring resident dared, “Come and Take It.”
Terry Holcomb, Sr. a political activist and pastor of a small rural church near Coldspring, lit up the room when he told the foundation to “Go suck a tailpipe.”
Thomas Lowe reminded about the persecution of Christians around the world. “First they start with symbols, and then they go to Christians.”
Kimberly Young identified herself as someone “with a lot of spiritual beliefs besides Christianity” but she came “to help you keep your crosses.”
James Holcomb and other students at Calvary Christian Academy spoke at the meeting. Holcomb called the demand for removal of the religious symbol “unjust.” “The foundation of this town is built upon God, and just because you cannot respect that, doesn’t mean you can take it away from us.”
Brother Phil Herrington from First Baptist in Coldspring urged the commissioners, “Don’t help them establish a national religion of Humanism.”
Several speakers invited those who were not Christians to accept Christ. There were shouts of “Thank you Jesus” during the three-minute speeches that continued for nearly three hours. “I came into the community as an Atheist-Agnostic, and I got knocked out by the love of Jesus,” Scott Eschelman told the commissioners.
San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner responded to the crowd, “Thank you all for making this easy.” The county judge later told Breitbart News, “I think the people have spoken. We are elected by the people and it is our obligation to follow the people.” In Texas, a county judge is the chief executive officer of the county and the presiding officer over the commissioners court.
The commissioners voted unanimously to keep the crosses and ignore FFRF’s demand to remove what it described as an unconstitutional display of “religious iconography.”
FFRF’s demands truly led to an uproar in the local East Texas community. After lawmakers voted unanimously to keep the four crosses, they celebrated by illuminating the crosses on the courthouse.
Many took to Twitter to spread the news and share their joy:
Atheists to Texas town; 'Take down that cross."
Texas town to Atheists; 'F-U, we'll light it at night so nobody can miss it' https://t.co/OuPnOlFWoO
— Mark Williams (@TalkerMark) May 13, 2019
— Fox News Opinion (@FoxNewsOpinion) March 17, 2016
After atheists complain, a Texas school breaks graduation tradition and will not hold ceremony in church after pastor refused to remove a cross pic.twitter.com/Yni18C0xAV
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) February 17, 2018
I’m thinking the atheists won’t be back to Coldspring, Texas any time soon.