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Christian Flag: 7 Times It Was Surrounded in Controversy

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By    |   Friday, 01 May 2015 02:15 PM

Thomas Jefferson coined the phrase "separation of church and state" in a letter to the Danbury Baptists Association in 1802. The phrase signifies an absence of government intervention in religious affairs and, conversely, an absence of religious intervention in government affairs.

The Christian flag has often been a source of contention in issues regarding the separation of church and state.

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Following are seven instances in which the Christian flag was surrounded in controversy:

1. The Christian Flag and the American Flag

The United States Flag Code states that the American flag should never fly below any other flag; in 1938, Minister James Pollock took issue with this. He eventually created the Christian Flag Code, which states that the Christian flag should be to the right of the American flag. The Christian Flag Code directly contradicts the U.S. Flag Code.

2. The Christian Flag and Navy Vessels

When the Navy (both U.S. and British) conducts religious services on board their ships, it is permissible to fly the Christian flag above the American flag, according to the U.S. Flag Code. Patheos posted a picture of one such occurrence, and then questioned why flags of other faiths are not routinely flown above the American flag during non-Christian religious services.

3. Windsor's March for Jesus

The city of Windsor, Ontario, allowed participants of 2012's March for Jesus to raise the Christian flag over the City Hall. Citizens of the town responded with outrage, complaining that the flag violated the separation of church and state, promoted anti-gay rights sentiment, and suggested the inferiority of women.

4. Windsor's March for Jesus, Part 2

In March 2015, Christians participating in the annual March for Jesus requested to fly the Christian flag from the City Hall of Windsor. City officials refused the request as the city of Windsor refuses to fly any flags that support religion, prejudice, political movements, or discrimination.

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5. The City Hall of Cochran, Georgia

The city of Cochran, Georgia voted in April 2015 to fly the Christian flag from its city hall. The city attorney advised against the move, but the city council voted 5-1 in favor of flying the flag. The town's courthouse also flies the Christian flag. Opponents of this move cite a lack of separation of church and state.

6. The U.S. Army and Christian Flag Folding


In 2011, The Huffington Post published an article convicting the U.S. Army of violating the separation between church and state. The Army's mandatory spiritual fitness test included a Christian flag folding ritual; the ritual assumes that all soldiers believe in and desire eternal life, and that God guides the hand of the U.S. military.

7. The Christian Flag and North Carolina Memorial


City officials of King, North Carolina, removed a statue of a praying solider and a Christian flag from a veterans' memorial in response to a lawsuit from an Afghanistan veteran. The veteran accused the city of unconstitutionality. The removal sparked outcry from citizens of King, reports the Army Times.

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Thomas Jefferson coined the phrase "separation of church and state" in a letter to the Danbury Baptists Association in 1802. The phrase signifies an absence of government intervention in religious affairs and, conversely, an absence of religious intervention in government affairs.
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