North Carolina City Forced to Remove ‘Christian’ Praying Soldier Veterans’ Memorial; Unable to Pay $2 Million to Battle Secular Group

Christian Memorial - Photo by the Liberty Institute

A North Carolina town has finally thrown in the towel on a years-long court battle by agreeing to remove a veterans’ memorial statue from its central park that featured a praying soldier kneeling before a cross and a Christian flag.

After spending approximately $50,000 in legal fees to help preserve the memorial at King Central Park, and willing to spend no more, the King City Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday to agree on a settlement with the plaintiff, a former U.S. Army soldier, that would force the city to remove the statue and take down the Christian flag.

The city council vote took place in front of a room of about 60 of the town’s residents and many of them shook their heads in disapproval as the board announced the settlement. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that a few residents interjected with notions such as: “What else are you going to give up next?”

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