The residents of a small Mississippi town have engaged in rallies and protests after an atheist organization forced the mayor to take down the Christian flag at a local park.
TheBlaze.com reports that the Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened to sue the town of Rienzi, Mississippi for $500,000 if Mayor Walter Williams did not remove the flag from the public park.
Williams felt he had no choice but to give in to the FFRF’s demands since Rienzi is such a small town and does not have the funds to engage in an expensive lawsuit.
“I never dreamed that something like this would have happened in a town this small, but it happened,” Williams said.
However, the residents of Rienzi, who are predominantly Christian, were not surrendering without a fight. They organized and staged protests in an attempt to send a message that there was support for the flag to fly, even in a public space.
“There just comes a point in time when you’ve got to be politically incorrect and take a stand,” said Kevin Nelms, the organizer of the protest event.
“We’re not gonna let other people, or a foundation, or anybody else up in Wisconsin [where the FFRF is based] tell us that we can’t fly our flag!” he added “You’re gonna take one down, we’re gonna put a hundred back up,” he continued.
On Saturday, residents of the town hosted a rally in support of keeping the flag up. The event included motorcyclists who flew dozens of Christian flags behind their vehicles.
Williams said that the town has hired an attorney and is discussing what further action can be done at their town board meeting on Tuesday.
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Publication date: February 6, 2017
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.