KING, N.C. – The Christian flag is everywhere in the small city of King: flying in front of barbecue joints and hair salons, stuck to the bumpers of trucks, hanging in windows and emblazoned on T-shirts.
The relatively obscure emblem has become omnipresent because of one place it can't appear: flying above a war memorial in a public park.
The city council decided last month to remove the flag from above the monument in Central Park after a resident complained, and after city leaders got letters from the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State urging them to remove it.
There would be no division if the flag were removed. There would be nothing there to divide.
Now, as far as flying a flag to represent the faiths of every soldier who died defending our freedoms (like the ones listed in the First Amendment, for example), how would we go about determining that? It's kind of hard to poll dead people.
The park is public property. Religious symbols, commandments, etc., do not belong on public property. Remove the flag. Having it there is what's divisive.
Answer by jsbenkert at 2:19 PM on Oct. 21, 2010
Answer by Anouck at 1:55 PM on Oct. 21, 2010
Why would they fly a christian flag over the memorial and not every religion and represent every faith. Who is to say that all the soliders that gave thier lives and where respected with that Memorial where christian? What gives christianity more importance than any other belief? I can not believe the audacity of some of these ppl...
Answer by ThaSs at 1:49 PM on Oct. 21, 2010
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Answer by kerp1960 at 11:14 PM on Oct. 21, 2010
Answer by spiritguide_23 at 6:20 PM on Oct. 21, 2010
For the record, the ACLU doesn't go around looking for violations of the First Amendment. They are usually contacted by a complainant, and look into the case before agreeing to take it on. There must be some indication that rights are being violated before they will agree to accept a case.
Placing religious flags on a monument in a public space is a violation of the First Amendment. Really. It is that simple.
Want to go to church and pray for the soldiers who are represented by that statue? Go ahead. No one is trampling on your rights. The ACLU is protecting them.
Answer by jsbenkert at 11:22 PM on Oct. 21, 2010