Action Alert

Tell Freeport library board that religion is divisive!

Tonight, the public library in Freeport, Ill., is voting on posting an “In God We Trust” sign in the government building. Please take a stand against this blatant — and unconstitutional — religious promotion and favoritism!

Freeport Mayor Jodi Miller recently wrote a misguided piece in the Freeport Journal-Standard arguing in favor of displaying the motto, writing that it would “unify” the town’s diversity. This is just plain ignorant. Religious endorsement on behalf of a local government is inherently divisive. Not all town residents believe in a god, and they certainly shouldn’t be told to by their local government.

Explain to officials that Freeport is a diverse town with religious minorities as well as nonbelievers and that displaying an overtly religious message ostracizes these citizens. Tell the Library Board that the real way to unify the town is to keep it free from religion.

TAKE ACTION

The Freeport Library Board of Trustees needs to hear from you! Please, if you can, attend the board meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the Library Boardroom at 100 E. Douglas St., Freeport.

If you are unable to attend, please take a moment to send an email to the library at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call it at 815-233-3000. You can also email the board president at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Here is the contact information for the full Library Board. 

TALKING POINTS

Please feel free to use the talking points below in your message to the board.

As a secular Freeport resident, I urge the library to vote against posting an overtly religious “In God We Trust” sign in the public building. I do not believe in a god, nor do many other local residents, and we shouldn’t be told to by our government. This religious endorsement on behalf of the government is divisive and ostracizes religious minorities and nonreligious citizens. Please do the right thing to unite the town by keeping government buildings secular. Thank you.

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