Montgomery, AL—The Foundation for Moral Law took strong issue with a letter from Americans United for Separation of Church concerning a sign in the Union City, Indiana Police Department Building.
The sign simply reads: “John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” In its January 27 letter, Americans United demanded that the sign be removed because it allegedly constitutes an official endorsement of religion.
The Foundation responded on February 16, citing numerous federal cases which hold that publicly-displayed sayings like “With God All Things Are Possible” and “In God We Trust” are protected by the First Amendment.
Foundation President Kayla Moore asked: “What better message could be given to policemen who risk their lives on a daily basis than the scriptural admonition to lay down your life for your friends? The Framers of the First Amendment never intended that our police officers should not have the benefit of inspiring words of encouragement like these.”
Foundation Senior Counsel John Eidsmoe added: “The letter from Americans United to the Union City Police Department shows hostility toward and discrimination against religion. Had the Department posted a message from Shakespeare, Mark Twain, or almost any other source, I doubt that Americans United would have objected. But they single out the Bible for censorship.”
The Foundation’s letter expressed a willingness to assist Union City in the event the matter should go to court.
 The Foundation is an Alabama-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the right to acknowledge God in public and to the strict interpretation of the Constitution according to the intent of its Framers.