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King, North Carolina Officials Vote to Take Down Christian Flag

September 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Monthly Articles, World News

From MyFox8.com:

A Christian flag flying at the Veterans Memorial at Central Park has been removed following a city council vote on Wednesday.

According to city officials, the City Council voted 3-to-1 to remove the flag, with councilman Wesley Carter being the only vote against removing the flag.

City Attorney Walter Pitt said the city received a letter from the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State on August 11 and a letter from the ACLU on August 16 threatening lawsuits if the flag was not taken down. The decision to remove the flag stems from estimates that it could cost the city as much as $300,000 to fight a possible lawsuit from the ACLU.

“The City received inquiries from the ACLU and the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State suggesting that the Christian flag flying over the Veterans Memorial at Central Park violates the Establishment Clause of the 1st amendment to the U.S. Constitution. At the advice of the City Attorney, the City Council voted to take down the Christian flag at last night’s City Council meeting citing the enormous cost associated with fighting a potential law suit on the issue,” said City Manager John Cater.

Mayor Jack Warren says it was the toughest decision the council has ever had to make. Balancing faith with the enormous cost to fight a lawsuit.

“They didn’t know how they could put that burden on our taxpayers back even though in their heart they wanted to leave that flag up and fight it.,” said Warren.

Pastor Kevin Broyhill of Calvary Baptist Church in King joined about 30 others at the city council meeting. He believes the community would have backed the city council financially in fighting the lawsuits.

“I believe they felt like they were held hostage by the ACLU,” said Broyhill. “I believe had we’d been asked, had we’d been talked to, I believe they would of seen a mobilization among the churches and citizens of King to stand behind them in that fight.”

When the issue was raised a city council meeting earlier this summer, council members voted to leave the flag at the memorial.

The flag has been flown at the memorial since it was built in 2004. The flag was taken down on Thursday.

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