So during my drive to my brother's for Easter (I wasn't driving, so no murderous road rage, promise!) we passed by the town for South Holland, IL. As I was peering out the window, I noticed their slogan on their water tower and cursed myself for not getting a photograph. But thankfully the powers of the internet have saved me once again:
In case you can't read that, it says "South Holland: Faith, Family Future." The other side of the water tower, which I couldn't find a photo of, said "A community of churches" and showed two hands clasped in prayer.
...So, separation of church and state, eh? Are towns seriously allowed to do that? Maybe the word "Faith" alone isn't too bad - while the connotation is definitely religious, you could argue the town supports faith in their children, their neighbors, their basketball team...whatever. I'll let it slide. But "A community of churches" with stereotypical Christian imagery is certainly promoting not just religion over nonreligion, but specifically Christianity. It doesn't say "A community of churches, mosques, temples, mandirs, atheistic coffee houses, etc."
Is it okay for a town to label itself like this? I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable if I lived there, being constantly reminded by a giant water tower that I'm not a part of my town's supposed virtues. What do you think?
EDIT: Here's a link to their website, which also uses the slogan.