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Lindale pastor thankful for overwhelming support of play 'In God We Trust', asks FFRF to issue apology

Lindale pastor thankful for overwhelming support of play 'In God We Trust', asks FFRF to issue apology
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POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 12:39pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 12:26pm

Wednesday night was a historic night for the city of Lindale as nearly 3,000 people turned out for the performance of "In God We Trust," by 5th graders from E.J. Moss.

The entire Performing Arts Center and multiple overflow areas with live feeds were filled to capacity with standing room only.

In addition, dozens of people sat outside the center and listened to a live feed audio broadcast.

Pastor Tom Buck says, "People literally came from all over East Texas to show their support for the children." "Some of those in attendance were U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert, Jason Wright from U.S. Senator Ted Cruz's office, Texas House Representatives Dan Flynn and Bryan Hughes, Mayor Robert Nelson and the Lindale City Council and Judge James Cowart. In addition, the authors of the musical, Chris and Diane Machen, drove from Frisco to attend the performance."

The children did not let the massive crowd down and gave a performance that brought the audience to their feet on multiple occasions.

Pastor Buck goes on to say the last minute attempts of the Freedom From Religion Foundation to rattle their political sabers failed.

The FFRF stated in a press release, "The church is capitalizing on the controversy. More than 750 t-shirts with “In God We Trust” on the front and “We support LISD” on the back were pre-ordered. Terry Cox, whose company printed the shirts, is confident in his ability to sell all shirts since Buck expects some 2,000 people to show up. The church will likely be taking charitable donations at the event."

Pastor Buck responded to the FFRF saying, "In response to the their false reports they have posted on their website, our church did not profit from the event, had nothing to do with the t-shirts and solicited no charitable donations. It is sad that the FFRF has to stoop to lying in order to gain support for their unconstitutional attempt to stomp out religious freedom in this nation."

Buck states if the FFRF has any integrity, they will modify their report and a issue a statement of apology.

Buck goes on to praise the efforts of collective churches and the entire community that made the play such a spectacular event.

He also thanks Sheriff Smith, Constable Bibby and other law enforcement for providing outstanding security.

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Our founding documents reference God, there is no mention of Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha or any other particular deity. I wonder if the play mentions that Thomas Jefferson edited his bible to remove instances of Jesus' divinity? I bet not, and that makes me believe that this play isn't about education. It's true that most of the founders were Christian, but they were also white...do you guys think it would be proper to show a play at school bragging about our country being founded by white people?

The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion-John Adams

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute-John F. Kennedy

I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state-Thomas Jefferson

"Pastor Buck goes on to say the last minute attempts of the Freedom From Religion Foundation to rattle their political sabers faile"

FFRF succeeded in having the religious play moved to another location. Problem solved.

" It is sad that the FFRF has to stoop to lying in order to gain support for their unconstitutional attempt to stomp out religious freedom in this nation.""

The unconstitutional part was the public school allowing religion in. They still have their freedom of religion.

All Christians and believers will rise up against the force that tries to silence the Word of God and the Name of God. This is just the beginning.

FFRF has got to understand, it is not the 'church' but the PEOPLE who reject your ways.

The Constitution says we have FREEDOM OF RELIGION and not 'FROM' as you try to push on us.

The people also include religious people, got that kemosabe?

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