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Mississippi Town Upset, Forced To Remove Christian Flag (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A mayor's recent decision under the threat of a lawsuit to remove a Christian flag from his town's Veterans Memorial Park has caused an uproar among citizens (video below).

According to WREG, over 100 supporters of the Christian flag rallied at the park in Rienzi, Mississippi, on Feb. 4.

Kevin Nelms, the rally's organizer, told the news station: "There just comes a point in time when you've got to be politically incorrect, and take a stand."

Many of the protesters brought their own Christian flags; one was raised on the flag pole at the park during the rally.

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The Christian flag was removed from the park after the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) contacted Rienzi Mayor Walter Williams.

The FFRF noted on its website Jan. 27 that their letter to the mayor said: "Federal courts of appeals regularly hold that memorials featuring religious emblems or messages are illegal."

The FFRF believes that the Christian flag is unconstitutionally endorsing a specific religion, which violates the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment.

"It's a myth there are no atheists in foxholes," FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor said. "A government memorial must be inclusive of all veterans, not just honor Christian ones."

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Williams voiced his shock to WREG: "I would have never dreamed that something like this would have happened in a town this small, but it happened."

"We're not going to let a company, or a foundation, or anybody else up in Wisconsin tell us that we can't fly our flag!" Nelms told the rally.

"As a proud American, but number one as a proud Christian, I came today to stand up for the Lord and stand up for our freedom," Susan Woodruff, a rally attendee, said.

"My whole point is you're going to take one down, we're going to put a hundred back up," Nelms told the news station.

"We're going to fly that flag again, and I'm hoping it's not going to be long," Williams promised.

Williams said he hired a lawyer to examine the situation, which will be discussed at a town board meeting on Feb. 7.

Sources: WREG, Freedom From Religion Foundation / Photo Credit: Freedom From Religion Foundation

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