If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. ~2 chronicles 7:14

N.C. Town Loses Battle: Will Remove Christian-Themed Veterans Memorial

Posted: 2015-01-10

By , January 10, 2015 Downtrend

The Veteran’s Memorial in King, North Carolina, is coming down.

Because it depicts a soldier kneeling in front of a cross – and because a Christian flag is occasionally flown – one veteran threatened to file a lawsuit. The small town of 7,000 fought back for four years – spending tens of thousands of dollars. But seeing the writing on the wall, the council recently voted to remove the flag and the statue from their memorial.

Decorated Army Veteran Steven Hewett was backed by the atheist group “Americans United for Separation of Church and State. After Hewett complained in 2010, the group told the King City Council to remove the “offensive” display. The city found a workaround, holding a “lottery” system to display religious flags on a weekly basis. But when the Christian flag was shown 47 out of the 52 weeks one year, the atheist group was back. The ordered the “lottery system” to stop and the statue removed. The council refused and the group threatened a lawsuit.

Losing money and feeling they could not win, the city council voted 3-2 to remove the flag and statue.

Under the agreement, the city’s insurance company, Scottsdale Insurance Company, will pay $500,001 to Americans United for Separation of Church and State for fees incurred by Hewett’s legal counsel.

The American Legion and American Legion Post 290 of King was allowed to join the lawsuit as defendant-intervenors, meaning their attorneys could argue their position in court if the lawsuit goes to trial, but they were not allowed to intervene in the settlement.

Don Holland, commander of the American Legion Post 290 in King, said after the meeting, “I’m extremely disappointed, but I don’t fault the city whatsoever.”

He said the city had no chance of winning it.

 

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