King Leaders meet to discuss lawsuit involving Christian flag

KING, N.C. — The King City Council met Friday to discuss a lawsuit the city faces from one of its residents involving the Christian flag.

Steven Hewett and Americans for the Separation of Church and State are suing King because of a Christian statue, flag, and prayers at the city’s Veterans Memorial at Central Park.

Hewett did not speak with the media Friday, but his attorney Greg Lipper did.

“Mr. Hewett’s military sacrifice and the sacrifice of others who have served this country is being exploited by the city of King’s government to promote a particular religion,” Lipper said by phone from his Washington, DC office.

“Mr. Hewett’s objection here is not to Christianity it’s to the government trying to promote Christianity above other religions,” he said.

After a closed executive session, King’s council and Mayor Jack Warren could not comment on the lawsuit or what the City would do about it.

“There was no action taken in executive session. Since the case is in litigation at this time I’ve been asked not to make a comment on it,” Mayor Warren said.

The city of King can either fight the lawsuit or comply with its request to remove the cross and flag.

The lawsuit was files Friday, November 2. The city of King will have 41 days to respond.

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