Sunday, October 24, 2010

Christian Discrimination - #2219 - Crowd Backs Flag - Thousands March in King, N.C. to Return Christian Flag to Veteran's Memorial - Winston Salem Journal

Many of the marchers’ T-shirts simply read, “Put our flag back.” Waving U.S. and Christian flags, and singing “Amazing Grace,” more than 5,000 people marched and rallied in the city of King yesterday morning to tell its city council to return the Christian flag to the Veteran’s Memorial in Central Park. “The council didn’t get the opinions of the town of King and Stokes County,” said Pamela Swain Deszern, of Rural Hall, formerly of King. “This community stands together to support the Christian flag. It stands for God, peace, love, purity and the blood of Jesus.” The dispute began this summer when a veteran, who lives in King, complained about the Christian flag being flown at the memorial. In mid-August, the council and the city attorney received letters from the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina and the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Both groups urged the council to remove the flag, saying the flag was a violation of the First Amendment. On Sept. 15, the council voted 3-1 to take down the flag, on the advice of their city attorney. The flag, which has a cross inside a blue rectangle on a white field, had flown next to the U.S. flag, the North Carolina state flag, the city’s flag and several military flags. The council may discuss the issue again at its Nov. 1 meeting.  Read more.......

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