[WATCH!] TOWN FORCED TO TAKE DOWN SCULPTURE OF PRAYING SOLDIER!

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A North Carolina town was forced to remove a sculpture of a soldier kneeling in prayer because of a lawsuit.

An Army veteran in King, North Carolina sued the town, claiming his constitutional rights were being violated because the memorial promoted Christianity.

He sued with help from the Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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City officials voted to remove the sculpture in order to avoid mounting legal costs.

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FoxNews.com reported:

King, a small city of about 6,000 people 15 miles north of Winston-Salem, dedicated the memorial about a decade ago. But the statue was removed Tuesday night, immediately after The King city council voted 3-2 to end the lawsuit. Now, an empty hole can be seen where the statue once stood.

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MyFox8 in Winston-Salem, reporting on the controversy the other day, said the memorial is on city-owned land but was paid for through private donations.

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“Both sides in this matter wish to avoid further costs, and this agreement will ensure that the City of King will not spend additional taxpayers’ funds to continue litigation in federal court,” the city said in a statement after the vote.

As part of the agreement, the King City Council also said it would stop flying the Christian flag over the memorial and would pay $500,000 to Americans United for Separation of Church and State for the legal costs the group incurred bringing the lawsuit on behalf of local Afghanistan War veteran Steven Hewett.

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31 Comments

  1. dragonflash says:

    How about all the CHRISTIAN vets? Why didn’t they stand up and say it is OUR RIGHT to have that there? It is freedom OF religion, not FROM religion. Some one had better do their research on EXACTLY what separation of church and state means, because that is NOT what it means.

    • BadKitty says:

      As long as you’re okay with a Satanic Church monument, or a Hindu monument, or a Jewish monument, or an Atheist monument (since Christians insist that Atheism is a “religion”) on public land along with the Christian one, I agree with you. That being said, I am not offended by religious monuments, religious people, or religions in general. But if they’re going to be allowed on public property, ALL must be allowed, to avoid the appearance of the government promoting only one — which is the essence of “freedom OF religion.”

  2. BadKitty says:

    No one was “forced” to take the Christian aspects of the memorial down. The city council decided to do because of concerns over a possible lawsuit.

    • dragonflash says:

      Reread the article you missed something

      • BadKitty says:

        I read it. I didn’t miss anything. The City voted to take it down in order to avoid a lawsuit. No government entity, official order, or court order forced them to do it.

        • An Army veteran in King, North Carolina sued the town, claiming his
          constitutional rights were being violated because the memorial promoted
          Christianity.

          He sued with help from the Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

          City officials voted to remove the sculpture in order to avoid mounting legal costs.

          • dragonflash says:

            Americans United for Separation of Church and State REALLY need to research their take on this because it is WRONG.

          • BadKitty says:

            Exactly. They could have fought the suit. They decided not to, VOLUNTARILY. No court ordered them to remove it, they made a decision in order to avoid legal costs. Therefore, the city was not forced.

        • Bad Kitty… your reading skills need a little honing

    • dragonflash says:

      Bless your heart! City officials voted to remove the sculpture in order to avoid mounting legal costs.

      • BadKitty says:

        Exactly. The city voluntarily removed it by a vote. No court or lawyer forced them to do it. It was the City’s to remove, not anyone else’s. They did to avoid any anticipated legal costs. I think maybe we disagree on the meaning of “forced” here. Where did the city say they were forced to vote?
        Oh, and “bless your heart” too.

  3. Bettina Thompson says:

    $500,000 for legal costs?!? gimme a break! From a small city such as King, NC that is alot! Residents should sue the organization now for infringing their 1st amendment: the free exercise of their religion. Sue for $1mil in legal fees and pain and suffering to the group of Christians in the town.

  4. CrazyAuntJane says:

    Suggestion: Maybe the city should sell that “hole” to some group like the VFW or some churches for a nominal sum. Then a private organization could put the memorial back and no one would have a right to be offended! Enough of this nonsense already!!!

  5. handgunnar says:

    I find it amusing that the only time that any government officials claim to give a damn about saving the taxpayer’s money is when they use it as an excuse to kiss atheist ass.

  6. Glenn Dupuis says:

    This veteran reminds me of the ones sitting behind Obama when he said we needed a civilian force as well trained and armed as our military.That’s why I have no doubt that when the time comes,there will be some in our own military that will shoot their fellow Americans.It’s called selfishness and just wanting ones own way.OBTW the only religion now protected in America is Islam.Maybe he should go protest them but he won’t Christians don’t kill those who attack us.When I see a veteran doing stuff like this,it tears me up.I thought we were a band of brothers?

  7. sometimes you need to stand your ground even if it costs lots of money, stand for those that can’t

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