Given that the Republican National Convention will take place in Cleveland, Ohio in a few weeks, it’s only fair that a group would put up a billboard in the area featuring Lord and Savior Ronald Reagan.
Oh, to see the looks on attendees’ faces when they actually read the sign…
“We in the United States, above all, must remember that lesson, for we were founded as a nation of openness to people of all beliefs. And so we must remain. Our very unity has been strengthened by our pluralism. We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate. All are free to believe or not believe, all are free to practice a faith or not, and those who believe are free, and should be free, to speak of and act on their belief.”
It might have been more entertaining to show a picture of President Obama instead, just to see how many Republicans would call him a traitor before the final reveal.
“The RNC needs to be reminded that our nation is predicated on a godless and entirely secular Constitution,” says FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. “The fate of our Establishment Clause hangs in the balance of the election. We’re not voting for the next president — we’re voting for the next Supreme Court justice.”
Marni Huebner-Tiborsky, the director of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society, a chapter of FFRF, agrees. “This billboard couldn’t be any more timely, and is definitely needed to remind our political leaders and the public that political campaigns should stick to a secular platform, where real change can happen,” she says.
The sign will be around for the next month. I can’t guarantee the same for the Republican Party.