Sign That Carries a Simple, Five-Word Message Has Residents in This Tiny Texas City ‘Standing Up’ Against a National Atheist Group

A large sign on display inside of a small Texas city is pitting faithful residents against a national atheist group after claims that the text on the billboard constitutes a violation of the separation of church and state.

The message, which is in Hawkins, Texas and reads, “Jesus Welcomes You to Hawkins,” was erected in 2011, and is visible to anyone passing through the town.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist group that frequently goes after perceived violations of the...

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