Christian Flag No Longer Flying Outside Alabama Police Department Following Atheist Complaint

FlagGLENCOE, Ala. — A Christian flag has been removed from its position outside of an Alabama police department after a prominent atheist activist organization sent a letter to the city, demanding that it come down.

Glencoe officials have confirmed that the Christian flag—a white and blue flag with a red cross first created in 1897 to honor the Christian faith—that has flown outside of the city police department for 20 years has been removed. The flag was one of three outside of the building, including that Alabama and American flag.

Mayor Charles Gilchrist told local television station WBRC that the flag was removed just weeks after the city received a letter from the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). The group stated that it had received a complaint about the presence of the flag and asserted that it was an unlawful endorsement of Christianity.

“It is unconstitutional for a government entity to fly a flag with a patently religious symbol and meaning on its grounds,” the letter, written by staff attorney Andrew Seidel, read. “You must take immediate action and refrain from hoisting this flag up the flagpole at the city hall building.”

Seidel contended that the flag infringes upon the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, which reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” He also argued that hoisting the Christian symbol outside of the police department disrespects other religions or those of no religion at all.

“The display of this patently religious symbol on city property confers government endorsement of Christianity, a blatant violation of the Establishment Clause,” the letter stated. “The cross on the flag pole of Glencoe’s city hall building unabashedly creates the perception of government endorsement of Christianity.”

“It conveys the message to the twenty-six percent of the U.S. population who are not Christians that they are not ‘favored members of the political community,'” it said.

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FFRF consequently demanded that the flag come down in order to avoid a lawsuit. Gilchrist said that the threat of a suit is what ultimately resulted in the removal of the flag. He told reporters that the city attorney had advised that another city went to court over a similar situation and ended up paying $500,000 in damages, plus $50,000 in legal fees.

“That would just about ruin us,” Gilchrist stated. “I have to look out for the best interests of the city.”

He said that he believes that the threat of suit is how the group strong-arms cities into compliance with their wishes.

“That’s what they do, they pick on these smaller towns that can’t defend ourselves,” Gilchrist said, noting that he personally did not want to remove the flag.

As previously reported, a city council in Georgia recently voted to remove its Christian flag from outside city hall over fears of a legal challenge. The city had received a demand letter from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, but it is unknown how much influence the letter had on the decision.

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  • Dave_L

    The Rainbow is a sign from God that he will never again destroy the wicked by water.

    “When the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and I will remember the agreement that continues forever between me and every living thing on the earth.”” (Genesis 9:16, NCV)

    “So God said to Noah, “The rainbow is a sign of the agreement that I made with all living things on earth.”” (Genesis 9:17, NCV)

    Ironically, the “Rainbow” now becomes the sign of destruction of the wicked by fire.

    “Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” (2 Peter 3:6–7, KJV 1900)

    “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” (2 Peter 3:10, KJV 1900)

    • Jade

      What a beautiful thing our beloved President did for us. I saw that Disney World, Niagara Falls, Penn State, London England and others did a similar beautiful thing. Thank you SCOTUS for giving us the dignity denied by the religious extremist.

      • Dave_L

        Play now, Pay later. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23, KJV 1900)

      • BobbyHead

        The homosexual rainbow flag is a slap in the face of God Almighty that already destroyed the world for their wickedness and after that God created the rainbow to remind us of his judgements and that he will never destroy the world by flood; but he will use fire. Now this wicked gay movement is using the rainbow as their flag for their wicked lives, mocking God that has condemned homosexual sin.

        • intheloop54

          God is getting ready to put His foot down HARD! Just like in Sodom and Gomorrha. I hope it’s sooner rather than later.

          • bobbyhead1

            I hope He first starts with the White House or should I say the rainbow gay house

          • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

            I believe God’s judgment on America and the Nations is so close.I believe they are here. God has Tried to warn America and the Nations. But they refuse to believe. I hope it is very soon that God will put an end to this Darkness and the Evil in this world. I think the fate of America has been sealed. 🙁

        • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust


  • Josey

    It’s not surprising that they took a beautiful sign of a promise from God and twisted it. I don’t know how many saw that photo op of Obama getting off the plane in Cuba and there happened to be a beautiful rainbow in the background so what did they do they photo shopped it to make the rainbow appear as to be coming out of his hand, you can google it if you want to see it, they might as well have had him bend over and have it appear to come out of his butt.

    • a lie is always going to be a lie… doesn’t matter what they try to do it, God knows what that rainbow is about.. It’s a covenant between Him and the earth that He will no longer destroy the world with flood (water)…

  • All In

    What used to be a symbol of a strong Christian nation blessed by God, has now become desecrated by the foolishness of man. When America runs into trouble, don’t expect God to come to our aid. He turns His back on those who turn their backs to Him.

    Consequences aren’t a matter of if, but when and how severe.

    • Ted

      Really? You think God judges everyone in America as a whole?

      • All In

        Yes, really. A study of Jewish history would reveal that to you. America became the most powerful nation on earth because it was the most Christian nation. As it slides away into foolishness, don’t expect God’s protection.

      • All In

        Have you studied Jewish history? If you did, you would notice that the just were also removed from Israel because of Israel’s grave and many sins.

        • Allan Trenholme

          You are right and scripture proves that…

          1 Corinthians 10:1-11

        • Yes, Israel is God’s chosen people but they rebel… God punished them and discipline them… But people still have not learned to this day… One day, every person will know… Don’t take my word for it.. It is His Word… I am just here praising Him for His love, mercy and grace!

        • bobbyhead1

          yes the Israelites who worship false gods he punish them too

        • Ted

          Sorry, but I don’t believe God is that petty.

      • Yes, God will judge the nation… and he will judge you as individual too… God will judge everyone in the world.. hope that is clear enough! His judgment will be just and each will confess every sin they have ever committed even when they no longer remembered it.. on that day when we face God he will judge us for our deeds…

        • Josey

          The children of God that believe on Jesus Christ are not appointed to wrath…period!

      • bobbyhead1

        Just the wicked

    • Josey

      If a Nation truly repents and is sorrowful for it’s sins, God will forgive. Remember Nineveh. And it’s God who says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. He’s saying if my people, get it?
      With that being said, I believe the times are at hand and God’s will is being done with all that is going on and He is allowing some things in order to fulfil His will but I don’t know everything, little at all in comparison to what we will know when we get to Heaven so anything is possible with God and Nothing is too hard for Him. I pray His will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

  • Emmanuel

    You were expecting more from this paper Christian?

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      Please put “Christian” in quotes when referring to the Abortion President.

  • Ted

    I believe Jesus is smiling today.

    • All In

      You are wrong. Jesus never condones or approves of sin.

      But you should be happy, for your father, satan, has secured more casualties.

      Keep this in mind, Ted, satan knows he has already lost the battle. His only desire now is to take as many people as possible with him. Not because he cares for you, but because he hates you as much as he hates God. He is more than eager to use you for his purpose. Hatred, in its most hideous magnitude, awaits those he separates from God.

      So party now. This is as good as your existence will ever get unless you repent and accept Christ as your savior.

      • StereoMan

        Proselytizing is in extremely poor taste, Richard.

        • bobbyhead1

          you need to be set free from your sins Richard you need Jesus in your life

    • Dave_L

      Homosexuality IS in itself a judgment from God.

      Homosexuality is not like theft, lying, or murder. Homosexuality is what happens when God gives up on a nation who worships money and other idols:

      “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful” (Rom. 1:26,27).

      Homosexuality is a sign that a nation is beyond the usual trials and chastisements; it is the sign that God has turned our people over to His wrath.

      • bobbyhead1

        Dave you are correct.

      • Josey

        I thank God that the children of God are not appointed to wrath so if you do not want to be a part of the wrath of God that will be poured out, turn to Christ for your salvation, repent with a sincere heart, mourn for the sin you have committed. Let’s remember that as the children of God we are not part of this world or the wrath that will be poured out, we are separated from it if we have obeyed God who has said, “Come out from among her my people and be ye separate.”

    • God laughs at the wicked…

      • Jade

        Jesus cries at the ignorant. Thank you President Obama for your wisdom and courage. Obama and Reagan are the two greatest presidents in my lifetime. Thank you President Reagan for appointing Kennedy to the Supreme Court. Love Wins!!!

        • bobbyhead1

          I see your God is that Muslim in our White House or should I say the rainbow gay house

        • WorldGoneCrazy

          “Society has always regarded marital love as a sacred expression of the bond between a man and a woman. It is the means by which families are created and society itself is extended into the future. In the Judeo-Christian tradition it is the means by which husband and wife participate with God in the creation of a new human life. It is for these reasons, among others, that our society has always sought to protect this unique relationship. In part the erosion of these values has given way to a celebration of forms of expression most reject. We will resist the efforts of some to obtain government endorsement of homosexuality.” —Ronald Reagan, July 12, 1984.

      • Josey

        Amen…He laughs at their plans and brings them to nothing.

  • //******* will strengthen all of our communities *******//

    No! This will only weaken the family and further divide society.

    Matthew 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

    //******* My administration has been guided by [equality] *******//

    No! More like satan.

    John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

    //******* that love is love. *******//

    1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

    Sounds like the word Obama is looking for is “lust.”

    they (gay activists) have “slowly made an entire country realize that LUST is LUST.”

  • the desires of their lustful and wicked hearts.. God will punish the wicked… I am for ever praising the Lord because He is the truth! They can twist it but it doesn’t change a thing… Even these homosexuals/lesbians know they have/had a mother…a woman gave birth to them..

  • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

    I’m sure this broke God’s heart. Taking what he created as a sign to Humanity. And twisting it to glorify sexual immorality. 🙁
    Right now it looks as though they are winning. In the end it is God who wins. He Created everything.

    • StereoMan

      It looks so beautiful lit up in rainbow colors!

      • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

        Not playing cat and mouse with you . You cheat and you lie.
        Shalom <

      • bobbyhead1

        yes we have a perverted man and his wife in our White House or should I say the gay rainbow demonic controled White House

  • Reason2012

    There’s no such thing as homosexuals – only people who currently enjoy homosexuality. And adults continue to permanently turn away from homosexuality, even after decades of believing the lie they were “born that way”, proving it’s not genetic, but the product of indoctrination, confusion, mental instability and/or abuse.

    And this is what God says about sin and specifically homosexuality and how that perverted lust is God’s judgment on a nation that gives Him up – and His judgment is being played out right before our eyes.

    Romans 1:26-27 ”For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: (27) And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their_lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

    1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ”Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [men who willingly take on the part of a “woman” with another man], nor abusers of themselves with mankind [sodomites], (10) Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

    1 Timothy 1:9-10 ”Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, (10) For_whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind [s odomites], for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;”

    Jude 1:7 ”Even as_Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

    Luke 17:29 ”[Jesus said] But the same day that Lot went out of_Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.”

    Matthew 19:4-6 ”And he [Jesus] answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, (5) And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? (6) Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

    Jesus made it quite clear God made us male and female so that a man will leave his father and mother (not two fathers, not three mothers and so on) and cleave onto his wife (not his husband and so on).

    The Word of God rebukes us all – even if we all try to say we don’t believe the Bible, the very Word of God will be our judge when we face Him. And God is a righteous judge and will judge us all – not turn a blind eye to our sin. Do not be deceived by the world: it’s God we will have to convince that His word was a lie, not men. What happened in Noah’s day when the entire world rejected God? Did God spare them because there were so many? No – they all perished except for Noah and his family!

    Proverbs 9:10 ”The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

    God spared not His chosen people – we are kidding ourselves if we think He will spare the United States of America if we choose to blatantly turn away from Him.

    Jeremiah 12:17 ”But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the LORD.”

    Genesis 19:7-9 “And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. (8) Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof. (9) And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.”

    Luke 17:28-30 “So also as it was in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; (29) but the day Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from the heaven and destroyed them all. (30) Even so it shall be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”

    Romans 1:18-32 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold [suppress] the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

    For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

    Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

    For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

    The entire Bible points out men having_sex with men is an abomination. Likewise woman having_sex with women. It’s not just Paul that pointed it out.

    Genesis 19:4-13 “But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them [men wanting to have_sex with men].

    And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing [he offers his daughters to be raped to keep them from having_sex with another man – shows rape is not the issue but male on male_sex]; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.

    And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door. But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

    And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.”

    Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

    Leviticus 20:13 “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”

    Even cross-dressing is an abomination:

    Deuteronomy 22:5 “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.”

    Deuteronomy 23:17 “There shall be no_whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.”

    1 Kings 22:46 “And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.”

    1 Kings 15:11-12 “And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father. And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.”

    2 Kings 23:7 “And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.”

    Ezekiel 16:49-50 “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.”

    And the “pride” parades about homosexuality are more of the same.

    Matthew 19:4-5 “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?”

    Not father and father. Not mother and mother. Not his husband. And only two people off opposite gender can become “one flesh” by_intercourse.

    May God/Jesus Christ be glorified. Live forever, friends: it’s God we’ll be facing after we try to live in sin for a “weekend” here, to throw away 100+ years and be cast out instead.

    • StereoMan

      “There’s no such thing as homosexuals – only people who currently enjoy homosexuality.”

      What’s it like to live completely outside of reality?

  • FoJC_Forever

    It’s sad to see the twisting of the symbol of God’s promise to not destroy every living thing on land by a flood. Rainbows have nothing to do with homosexuality. Rainbows have nothing to do with racism. When God changed the ecosystem, He caused light to create a colorful reminder that water will not be the element of the Final Judgement.

    • Josey

      I have always love the colors of the rainbow and more than that the promise the rainbow symbolizes from God and one day I mentioned to my daughter that I loved the rainbow and this was a few years ago that I said this to her and she tells me “mom, that is the colors and symbol gays use.” First of all, I was flabbergasted that something so beautiful had been turned into something so degrading and second felt silly that I didn’t even know they were using it like that. I still love seeing the rainbow in the sky and still will use the rainbow but I will make sure it has on it God’s promise of scripture on it so it’s not mistaken for me supporting sin and every chance I get to teach children or anyone when one appears in the sky I will surely tell why God put it there and that it has nothing to do with gays!
      Anyway, ty FoJC for always telling it like it is.

  • BobbyHead

    We have a godless president that can sing Christian songs and still has the wicked joy that homosexuals can be married. He is a schizophrenic and a Muslim. Sin is always fun for a season.

  • Estoban

    If it were not for ‘low class’ some people would have no class at all.

  • Nidalap

    Just great. Now we have the official ‘We are Sodom’ lights blazing at the White House…

    • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

      Obama is showing the how America is turning into another S.&.G. 🙁

  • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

    Many are happy right now. Many are laughing with pride and joy. But. The day is coming when the Happiness they feel will turn to sadness. The laughter into tears. Their pride into shame. As they face the Son of God. They will fall on their knees not being able to look into the eyes of the one they rejected. But even they will declare that Jesus Christ is Lord. If they could see His eyes they would see the Love they rejected.

    • Lark62

      What about “rejoice with those who rejoice. “

  • DNelson

    Wow. Looks great!

  • Thea Goodman

    The White House is now the Rainbow House.Imagine that!