Got a message from Steven Hewett on Tuesday night saying that a settlement has been reached in his lawsuit against the city of King, North Carolina’s blatantly Christian memorial to soldiers. That settlement removes a Christian monument and gets rid of the flying of a Christian flag over the site, giving Hewett, a decorated veteran, everything he wanted.
The city council put out a press release saying that they didn’t want to settle the case, but the costs of going to trial — a trial they would almost certainly have lost — were too high and too much of a risk for the city to assume. The press release notes that the city’s insurance carrier demanded that they settle the suit or they would not pay for any judgment that goes against them, much like what happened in the Dover case. As part of the settlement, the insurance company will reimburse Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which represented Hewett, $500,000 in legal fees.
The good guys won one, finally. And as Steven told me Tuesday night, now the memorial will honor all soldiers, not just Christian ones.