Target: Michael Stoy, Mayor of Cochran, Georgia
Goal: Stop flying Christian flag over government buildings.
Flags emblazoned with the Christian cross are now flying over government buildings in Cochran, Georgia at the behest of a nearly-unanimous vote by the town’s city council. This is an obvious violation of the separation of church and state. Demand that the town lower these flags at once.
In anticipation of a week-long “Bible Reading Marathon” scheduled to take place on the steps of the county courthouse, Cochran’s city council voted to raise a “Christian flag” above city hall, as the town had done “from time to time” in the past. The city attorney, rightfully alarmed at this display, advised the city council to take the flag down, which it did—for a brief moment.
Cochran’s city council then voted again in favor of raising the flag above city hall despite the city attorney’s warnings, which it promptly followed through with. The Christianization of the town’s public spaces didn’t just stop there, though—the same Christian flag is now flying above the county courthouse, as well as, according to a local resident, other public buildings.
Flying a flag with the principle icon of the Christian faith over buildings of government and public service is a blatant violation of the First Amendment, and one that the city council of Cochran apparently does not have any qualms with committing. Sign the petition below to demand that Cochran take these religious flags down at once.
Dear Mayor Stoy,
I am writing you today regarding your city’s raising of Christian flags over city hall, the county courthouse, and other public buildings. This is a shameless violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and must be rectified immediately.
The First Amendment specifically forbids American governments, be they at the federal, state, or local level, from establishing a state religion. The city council’s actions fly in the face of this restriction. Indeed, your city’s own attorney, whose explicit job it is to mediate these kinds of legal doctrines, advised against the raising of these flags. By letting these symbols flap in the wind above your city’s government buildings, you are effectively saying that Christianity is Cochran’s established religion.
I understand that your city council was, apparently, goaded on to vote in favor of raising the flags by several hundred of your city’s residents, but that is irrelevant—the law is the law, no matter how many people say it isn’t. I demand that you take these Christian flags in your town down immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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