The City of Winfield, outside of Birmingham, came under fire after the mayor and city council passed a proclamation in December acknowledging the blessings of God and expressing a desire to seek Divine guidance. Over the next several weeks, the city received blistering letters of condemnation from the American Civil Liberties Union and Freedom From Religion Foundation decrying the alleged violation of separation of church and state. The FFRF letter was particularly harsh, suggesting that God was the mayor’s “imaginary friend” and that, if God did exist, he probably did not care about the small Alabama town.
Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, commented, “The City of Winfield has chosen to continue a very long American tradition of Acknowledging God and seeking Divine guidance for continued blessings. The ACLU and FFRF may huff and puff, but they can’t rewrite history. This proclamation does not compel or coerce anyone to do anything. As with any governmental action, not everyone is going to like it, but that doesn’t make the proclamation unconstitutional.”
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