Georgia City Flies Christian Flag Over City Hall

A tiny town in Georgia voted overwhelmingly to approve flying the Christian flag over city hall even after their attorney told them that it would be unconstitutional to do so. Sounds like they want to get sued, if someone in that small town of a few thousand people were willing to sue over it.

Even after the city attorney told them it was a violation of church/state separation, the city council of little Cochran, Georgia, population 5,100, voted last week to fly the “Christian flag” over its City Hall. And the city manager tells us it’s still flying there now.

A local resident alerted us to the situation, concerned that the story wasn’t getting wider attention. WMAZ, a television station in Macon, which is about 40 miles north, wrote a brief piece about the city council’s decision, but our informant told us that the flag was also flying at the Bleckley County Courthouse and other public places.

We called Cochran City Manager Richard Newbern to ask him if the story was true.

“The council voted last Tuesday, on April 14, to fly the Christian flag at City Hall,” Newbern told us. “In the past it has been flown from time to time at City Hall.”

But this time, he says, after the council voted to raise the flag, Newbern thought he better get an opinion from the city attorney.

“The attorney advised that the flag not be flown at City Hall,” he says, and it was taken down. But then the city council voted 5-1 to put it back up, and it’s been flying on a pole outside the building ever since.

As always, this is purely about marking their territory.

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  • tomh

    There’s a Christian flag?

  • Alverant

    The mayor claimed no one complained. Do you think if anyone complained he’d admit it or that anyone who is offended would feel safe complaining?

  • John Hinkle

    And after they get sued and lose, surely the intelligent people of Cochran will vote out those members of the city council who voted to fly the flag, right?

  • lldayo

    @1

    There’s a Christian flag

    I was thinking the same thing. I had to Google it to see what it looked like. It sucks.

  • John Pieret

    Somebody should find out who the city’s insurance company is and warn it that the city is begging for an indefensible lawsuit.

  • http://healthvsmedicine.blogspot.com cervantes

    What the hell is “the Christian flag”?

  • whheydt

    My first reaction was to wonder if a “Christian flag” looked like the Danebrog, but I see that not only that isn’t the case but it looks like a piece of bad Heraldry (color on color in the canton) coupled with the traditional Western symbol for surrender (a white flag).

  • whheydt

    Re; John Pieret @ #5….

    Thinking back to the Dover School Board, the insurance company is likely to refuse to cover them since they have gone against the advice of their attorney. I wonder how much the local taxes will have to go up to cover the damages (they’ll probably not have to pay their own legal costs as one of the right-wing “Christian” law firms will probably handle their side pro bono).

  • John Pieret

    whheydt:

    In order to disclaim, the city would have to disregard the advice of the insurance company’s lawyers. From reading the article and from the fact that the insurance company would only get involved if there is a claim or complaint, it take it that it was the city’s own attorney that advised it against flying the flag.

    Informing the insurance company might cause them to cancel the policy or charge more in premiums because of the increased risk of a lawsuit.

  • raremomentsoflucidity

    @5 John Pieret- “Somebody should find out who the city’s insurance company is and warn it that the city is begging for an indefensible lawsuit.”

    Oh! Me! Me, Sir!

    Georgia Municipal Association

    http://www.gmanet.com/Cities/COCHRAN-17328

    Let ‘er rip, John!!

    Erik

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Relax. It’s just Simple Ceremonial Deism. Plus, a bunch of other religions use the Christian flag, too. And, since the city is controlled by a small group and is incorporated, it gets the same rights as other closely held corporations.

    And what could be more closely held than Christian Privilege?

  • zenlike

    The one at the Cochran City Hall violates the US flag code. Why do they hate America?

  • https://www.facebook.com/joseph.sexton.7 Joseph Sexton

    My guess is that they already know there won’t be any complaints.They no doubt practice the benevolent form of christianity where it is OK to key unbelievers’ cars, harass unbelievers’ kids in school, and make life generally miserable for anyone who filed a complaint. The local constabulary would probably all turn into latter day Helen Kellers if there were complaints about the petty harassment.

  • moarscienceplz

    Well hey, what if a crusade takes a wrong turn and ends up in Cochran? You don’t want them firing their trebuchets at City Hall by mistake, do you?

  • grumpyoldfart

    Back in the good old days they could have rounded up all the heretics and burned them alive in the public square. Now all they can do is raise a Christian flag on the Town Hall and hope to Christ nobody tells them off for it – and they think they are winning!

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    @Ed

    As always, this is purely about marking their territory.

    Oh, I think it might have started as just that. However, getting the advice from their lawyer and choosing to disregard it…

    …it smells of a hundred flowers, doesn’t it?

  • Pierce R. Butler
  • NYC atheist

    @17 butler

    Growing up Baptist, we used the first one on the page you linked to. We were also forced every morning to recite the pledge of allegiance to the us flag, the bible, and that Christian flag.

    The pledge to the Christian flag went

    ‘I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag and to the Savior for whose Kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life and liberty to all who believe.’

  • sugarfrosted

    And the protestants claimed the Catholics weren’t loyal to the United States.

  • birgerjohansson

    tomh,

    I assume they are referring to the banner of the christian liberation army in Uganda, a Xian analog to ISIS. They are big on slavery and rape.

  • birgerjohansson

    I meant the Lord’s Resistence Army. Here is their flag, and wikipedia article.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord%27s_Resistance_Army

  • captain_spleen

    I guess this city’s officials don’t think America is a Christian nation. Otherwise they could just fly, you know, the American flag.