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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  1. The key here is everything in that photograph was generic. None of it is a picture of any one Christian Faith. The U.S. Military has long recognized a generic attitude towards religion. Whether it be Jewish, Christian, or any other faith. There are likely over 250 types of Baptist in the United States. Each of which has a different view of religion.
    The cross refers to a burial monument. Of which we have literally millions in any graveyard in the country. Are you going to forbid crosses on veteran’s graves next? Those deceased people are honored for their sacrifice to their country. Those deceased people specificied which religious belief they had and those beliefs were honored after their deaths. Trying to outlaw any religious belief system in this country does away with that freedom of choice.
    The entire idea of freedom of religion is choice. Twisting it so that there is NO CHOICE is not a can of worms anyone should want to start.
    I choose my religious beliefs. No one MAKES me choose. I am proud of churches in my area. They currently feed the poor over four different denominations with different belief systems. That includes Roman Catholic! Because all four churches are working together for the common good of all. They have an average of at least 4 or 5 dinners a month between them.
    I suggest that the courts need to honor our rights to choose whatever we want to believe and not set restrictions on those beliefs.
    When Congress meets, they express those beliefs by taking an oath on a Bible. We would also use a Torah if it were a Jewish person. Or a Koran, if it were Moslem. Or if it were an aethist, we would respect their right to that belief. The key here is choice.
    Taking that choice away just because it is government is just plain wrong.

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