Georgia City Caves on Christian Flag Flying

Remember the small town in Georgia that recently voted to fly the Christian flag at city hall? They’ve now reconsidered after facing the threat of a lawsuit that multiple constitutional law experts have told them they have zero chance of winning.

A traditional Christian flag flying over Cochran will come down Friday after city officials bowed last week to threats of legal action and concerns over its impact on the city’s “fiscal resources.”…

The group in part cited a recent legal case in which a North Carolina city agreed to stop displaying the Christian flag, which includes a Latin cross, at a government-sponsored veterans memorial.

In a statement on its website, the city said it has decided to take the flag down “after reviewing further input from the community, detailed written legal opinions from our city attorney and a second legal opinion from a constitutional lawyer.” The city said that in the future it will only fly the U.S. and state flags at City Hall.

They had already ignored the advice of their own city attorney, who told them that it was unconstitutional, but apparently they realized that if they get sued and lose, they’ll have to pay the legal fees of the plaintiffs as well. I’m sure they’ll be looking for some other means of pissing on their territory, though.

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  • moarscienceplz

    But, but, they all love the Constitution soooo much! How can it turn on them like this? Will no one give any consideration to the poor, down-trodden Christians?

  • Chiroptera

    …and a second legal opinion from a constitutional lawyer.

    They took advice from a constitutional lawyer? I thought they ranked below climate scientists in reliability.

  • John Pieret

    Well, “cave” might be too strong a word. According to The Blaze:

    Rather than a random decision to post the flag, the city reportedly routinely puts it up in an effort to promote an annual ”Bible Reading Marathon,” which is sponsored by the International Bible Reading Association. …

    While the council has voted to remove the flag as of May 8, it appears that the “Bible Reading Marathon” goes from May 1-7, meaning that the flag will potentially remain on public property until after the event concludes.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/05/05/the-decision-to-fly-this-flag-outside-city-hall-sparked-national-controversy-now-officials-are-reversing-course-and-removing-it-but/

    Even considering the source, it looks like the city government finagled to the end and Ed’s prediction that they try another way to lift their collective leg at non-Christians in the city seems likely to be right.

  • dingojack

    If they can stand their beloved torture implement being on it’s side – how about:

    those socialistic hell-holes: Norway, Sweden, Finland or Denmark

    or upright(ish) at a pinch: Greece or Switzerland. Even Serbia (x 5!)

    @@ Dingo

  • dingojack

    Not Serbia, Dingo you idiot, but (appropriately) Georgia!

    Dingo

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

    A Latin cross? Why are these supposed Patriots flying a foreign flag?

  • Saad

    dingojack, #4 and #5

    Haha! Thanks for the laugh.

  • Pianoman, Church of the Golden Retriever

    Georgia is getting mighty close to being one of those states that should consider seceding with Texas. But that could be really bad news for the progressives living there.

  • busterggi

    Pianoman @ 8. – All three of them?

  • M can help you with that.

    Does the town in question offer public recitations of the pledge of allegiance traditionally offered to that flag — complete with the summary promise of “life and liberty for all who believe”?