For four years, those who drove into a small town in Texas were greeted with a sign that said: “Jesus Welcomes You to Hawkins.”
But overnight, after a lengthy court battle, the town abruptly took down the sign. City officials say it’s on public land and in the way of future development. . .
The sign along U.S. 80 leading into the Hawkins, a Texas town with a little over 1,300 residents, was put up in 2015 in front of a Hawkins coffeehouse, on property owned by Jesus Christ Open Altar Church. Until it was taken down, members of the flock stood watch over the “Jesus” banner. . .
“The city employees destroyed our church property, pulled up our crosses and destroyed everything,” [Church trustee Mark] McDonald told the Longview News-Journal Friday.
“We’re treating it like a hate crime of religious discrimination that was conspired by the city. We have enough documents to prove that,” McDonald added. “The city was warned (Thursday) by our attorneys not to touch it and not to bother it. There’s been closed meetings, closed records (and) a lot of things wrong.” (Read more from “City Takes down Church’s ‘Jesus Welcomes You’ Sign Overnight” HERE)