A lawsuit to prohibit Christian ceremonies and a Christian flag at a North Carolina war memorial can proceed forward according to a U.S. Disttict Court Judge. It has been deemed that officials at King, North Carolina have attempted to establish an official religion or preferring one religion over another.
King Christian flag suit going to trial
By: John Hinton/Winston-Salem Journal
Two claims against King in an Afghanistan war veteran’s lawsuit over the Christian Flag at the city’s Veteran’s Memorial can go to trial, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
In his 110-page ruling, Judge James A. Beaty Jr. of U.S. District Court also barred King from promoting Christianity at ceremonies at the memorial. Beaty wrote that the city’s past involvement in those events violated First Amendment’s establishment clause.
That clause prohibits government from passing legislation to establish an official religion or preferring one religion over another.
Steven Hewett, an Army veteran, sued the city in November 2012 in U.S. District Court in Greensboro, alleging that King officials violated his constitutional rights by allowing the Christian flag to fly at the Veteran’s Memorial in Central Park.
Hewett wants a federal judge to issue a permanent injunction to bar King from allowing the display of the Christian flag at the memorial and from displaying a statue of a soldier kneeling at a cross.
Beaty said those issues can proceed to a trial.
Read the complete story about the Christian flag at the Veteran’s War Memorial at the Winston-Salem Journal