The Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AU) and the ACLU both sent letters to the City threatening lawsuits if the flag was not taken down. Because lawsuits would cost an estimated $300,000 to fight, the City Council voted to take down the flag. The vote was 3-1 to remove the Christian flag on the advice of City Attorney Walter W. Pitt, Jr. According to Manager John Cater:
"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."
So the ACLU and AU proudly bullied a small town of about 6,000 reluctant residents into taking down a Christian flag from a Veterans Memorial, 'All gave some, and some gave all.' Little by little, they (ACLU/AU) erase any sign of Christianity from public property and proclaim they are performing a service for the good of the nation. Do they hope that by erasing Christian symbols from our nation that they will erase the Christian spirit as well?
Mike Marshall was awakened to realize he should have been flying a Christian flag all along. He is owner of Divine Catering located across the street from the memorial; and in response to the ordeal, he erected a 35-foot flag pole to fly the Christian flag. He explained, "We just thought it would be a good way to show people what we think about the whole thing. I know its not city hall, but its as close as we could get."
His idea caught on. The sales of Christian flags skyrocketed in King, and they are being flown high and wide throughout the area. Mike Marshall again commented:
"They were talking about one obscure flag in the back corner of the park. All of a sudden, there's flags on every porch, on every business and in every yard. It really brought a lot of awareness to the fact that this is a Christian community."
According to the Winston-Salem Journal:
"The controversy surrounding the removal of a Christian flag from the town's Veteran's Memorial is helping Gullion's Christian Supply Center -- so many people have bought Christian flags that the store has ordered 300 more to satisfy demand."
Rally and Prayer Walk
Reverend Kevin Broyhill, pastor of Calvary Baptist, said that his church will raise money to officially fight the lawsuit.
“I believe that the citizens of King are upset about that the flag was taken down. It means something to them. It represents their heritage. People give to what they believe in.”
Working with Ron Baity, pastor of Berean Baptist Church, and Return America, he will organize a rally this month over the issue.
An online Christian evangelical ministry called Running the Race for the Prize held a peaceful prayer walk at Central Park this past Sunday. “We choose to go to the Lord in prayer," said Brent Daniels, founder of the ministry.
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