A small town in Alabama received praise from one West Coast religious and civil liberties group after hearing harsh criticisms over the last few months.
Pacific Justice Institute president Brad Dacus defended the town of Winfield, Alabama, after other religious freedom groups, like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, attacked the town for its use of God in official announcements.
Last December, officials in Winfield passed a measure that acknowledged the blessings of God and expressed a desire to look for divine guidance while making decisions.
“After this happened, the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent scathing letters of attack threatening the town officials,” Dacus told OneNewsNow. “We ... have responded with a letter to (Winfield) Mayor Randy Price, pointing out the proclamation's consistency both in terms of recent cases and historic American tradition.”
Dacus said he thinks the ACLU and Freedom From Religion Foundation do not use tact when trying to persuade towns and counties to remove religious symbols from their official bodies.
“The ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation have failed attempts in recent years to challenge things like the National Day of Prayer proclamation or Ohio's State motto, ‘With God All Things Are Possible,’” he said.
Letters from the Freedom from Religion Foundation to Winfield town officials said God was the town’s "imaginary friend."
Dacus said he thinks Winfield’s proclamation is similar to American traditions that allow public officials to use God’s name.
“So they can continue to try to make threats, they can continue to file lawsuits, but they can't rewrite history, they can't rewrite the Constitution,” Dacus said.