A Christian Flag at City Hall? That Doesn’t Fly in the US

Image source wgxa.tv

Image source wgxa.tv

Apparently you don’t have to read the Constitution in order to serve as a government official.  According to WGXA News in Cochran, GA, the local city council voted 5 to 1 to fly a Christian flag outside its city hall, disregarding the First Amendment and the oodles of church-state separation lawsuits that have been decided over the past century.  That same day, the city’s attorney advised them against it and it was taken down.  Despite the advice of the attorney, the council held another vote that evening, which was also decided 5 to 1, to keep the flag flying above the government building.  According to City Councilman Gary Ates, “It was the right thing to do.”

In what country?

It’s only a matter of time until [insert name the church-state watchdog group] delivers a cease and desist notice to the Cochran City Council, pending a lawsuit to remove the flag.  Come on now, this one is easy.  Even most right-wing Christians would agree that flying a Christian flag over a city hall is blatantly unconstitutional.  Imagine if this were a predominantly Muslim little town and they decided to fly the flag of Islam over its municipal building.  Wait, I’ll beat you to it… “It’s not the same thing because this is a Christian Nation.”  Incorrect.  This is a secular nation dominated by a Christian majority who is currently running amok while chanting “religious freedom” and claiming persecution.

When was the last time you sat in history class and learned about a majority being persecuted?  Feel free to remain silent.

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Kevin Davis is the head writer and editor for SecularVoices, and the author of Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers, a book aimed at improving relationships between the religious and their atheist loved ones. Kevin is also the Executive Director of Young Skeptics, an elementary-level after-school program for kids focused on critical thinking. Guest bloggers are welcome at SecularVoices. Please email submissions to contact@secularvoices.org.

  • Crama

    Kevin, thanks for sending this. As I was reading this to my wife, I couldn’t help from laughing out loud! What a bunch of boneheads. And I love your sentence, “This is a secular nation dominated by a Christian majority who is currently running amok while chanting “religious freedom” and claiming persecution.” You nailed it! This is exactly what my fundy evangelical minister brother has said to me. To which I can’t help from laughing at him. Asking him, are you for real?

    Keep up the good work.

    • http://dividedundergod.com Kevin Davis

      Thanks for the feedback!

  • http://bri65.wordpress.com bri65

    Excellent analysis of what never should be allowed. Many cogent points. I love this part:
    “‘It’s not the same thing because this is a Christian Nation.’ Incorrect. This is a secular nation dominated by a Christian majority who is currently running amok while chanting “religious freedom” and claiming persecution.”

  • Russell

    Somebody notify the ACLU, please. I believe in God, but not discrimination and not favoring one religion over another (or over people who don’t believe in God). And I don’t go to churches which “pledge allegiance” to the “Christian flag”, which is a bunch of cockamamie baloney with no basis in theology that some right-wing nut job created.