War is being waged in cities, towns and courtrooms all across America. The players are mostly the same – Anytown, USA, versus some well-funded leftist organization. The outcomes, with a few exceptions, are predictable. They’re winning. We’re losing and the battle rages on.
Last week, that battle ended for King City, North Carolina. A small community of approximately 6,800 residents lost a contentious court case in a 3-2 decision, Hewett v. the City of King. A Christian flag and statue of a soldier kneeling by a cross will be removed from the Veteran’s Memorial at Central Park.
King City’s four-year controversy began in 2010 when a resident complained about the Christian flag at the memorial site. The city council voted 3-1 to remove the flag approving a “limited public forum policy” where a religious flag could be displayed or not be displayed. The Christian flag, at this point, continued to be flown.
Then in 2012, the city was sued, this time by Steven Hewett, a US Army veteran, and his attorney, Gregory Lipper of American’s United for Separation of Church and State. He felt that his Constitutional rights had been violated because of the Christian flag displayed at the memorial. Hewett wanted removal of the Christian flag, the statue of the soldier at the cross, as well as barring the City from further religious ceremonies at the site.
A press release by the City stated legal fees, thus far, were around $50,000 and if the case had continued expected litigation costs would exceed 1 million dollars, which was more than the city’s insurance coverage, a price that the city and its taxpayers could not bear. The City of King settled. The flag and the statue will be removed. Score another victory for liberal progressives.
Similar scenarios are played out dozens of times each year in communities across the country. Frivolous law suits are costing cities thousands of dollars and more importantly robbing America of its history.
Whether it’s Civil War monuments, Christian symbols or controversial figures, which I must say are not very controversial unless you happen to be a leftist, they feel their rights are being violated. But the real tragedy is that we’re losing some of the country’s most sacred places.
America’s history is being rewritten by revisionists and our culture is under attack by progressives and Marxists. Christianity is being extinguished by atheists and homosexuals and our memorials and monuments are being removed by groups like the ACLU and the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
Collectively, we have an identity crisis. Who are we, or maybe the right question is who are we becoming? Are we a Judeo-Christian nation, founded upon Constitutional principles that value freedom for all people or are we becoming a nation of whiners, victims, and professional offense takers?
The point is that we must know our history to learn from it.
- One simply cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.- Golda Meir
- Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.- George Santayana
- History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.- David McCullough
Our history is our story. These monuments and memorials give us a place to remember: To celebrate our victories, to mourn our losses, venerate our heroes and give honor to God.
As for King City, the memorial and its veterans, we hope they will find a new site for future generations to stop and remember the history of those in their community who gave so much.
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