N.C. Town Removes Christian Flag, but Community Furor Continues
Controversy has erupted in the town of King, N.C., over display of a Christian flag at a veterans memorial in a public park.
The flag was removed from the community's Central Park after Americans United and the North Carolina ACLU wrote to city officials, pointing out that the display is unconstitutional. The two groups acted after receiving a complaint from a local military veteran.
The man, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, objected to the obvious governmental favoritism toward one faith.
He told a local television station, "People are free to worship, fly their flag, pray, have their own religious beliefs or not to believe in any faith at all, upon their own property or place of worship. However, our city, county, state and federal governments do not have the right to impose any form of religious belief upon its population."
In a letter to Mayor Jack Warren and the members of the city council, AU Legal Director Ayesha N. Khan, observed, "Here the Christian flag is meant to communicate a religious message. The only symbol on the flag is a Latin cross 'the unmistakable symbol of Christianity.'"
AU's letter also notes that when the veteran called city offices to complain, City Manager John Cater told him he would have to answer to Jesus Christ if the flag was removed. …