Steven Hewett may have won his case against King, North Carolina for putting up an unconstitutional veteran’s memorial, but the advocates of Christian supremacy are not going away quietly. They’re organizing yet another protest of the settlement and making all the usual dumb arguments about it.
Opponents of the King Christian flag settlement agreement are organizing a rally at King Central Park on Feb. 7 to keep the issue alive and to help other communities know how to prevent similar issues from arising.
“We want everybody to know this did not have to happen and we need to all get together and help keep this from happening in other towns,” said Paula Calloway, a member of the Stokes County Militia. The Stokes County Militia is working with an organization called Two Million Bikers to D.C. to organize the event. “We may not be able to ever see our soldier or our flag fly in that park again but we hope to see a new memorial in our town soon. We hope to raise the money to do this soon and we need your help. We also want to let all the other little towns out there know that they do not have to cave and cower to the threats of these groups, these bullies, these cases can be won and there are groups out there that will help.”
Their new ingenious plan? Put it on private property:
Jeff Browning, a spokesman for the North Carolina chapter of Two Million Bikers to D.C., said his organization was happy to help support the event.
“We felt like it was something that fell in line with our beliefs,” he said. “We see this as a bullying situation. The town council and the town were held hostage over a potential financial loss. We have seen this pattern with the ACLU in the past and thought we would get involved and perhaps lay the ground work for future situations where this coalition of people will have the means to help.”He said the Two Million Bikers to D.C. organization had been formed in 2013 to make sure people remembered the 9/11 attacks.
“In a matter of three weeks through social media, groups coalesced and formed the group as a way to stand up for America and fight for what we believe are traditional American values and our constitutional rights,” he said. Browning said his organization had posted the event on their national Facebook page and had directly invited affiliates from Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania to attend the event.
At press time over 600 people had signed up to attend on the group’s Facebook page.
“We have seen a lot of local people coming together and being encouraged that there are other people who are concerned about the situation,” he added. “We know the situation has been resolved in King. The goal of this is not to get the statue back at the memorial, but to have a clearinghouse for towns that come up against this issue in the future.”
He did say his organization would help local supporters raise funds to purchase private property to build a new memorial if they wanted to.
Knock yourselves out. Put up any kind of monument you’d like on private property and no one will give a shit.