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August 15, 2012

Removal of street signs with crosses-Church rep will present resolution to reverse decision

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McALESTER —

“It made me feel bad,” he said.
Meanwhile the resolution dated August 12, asks the McAlester City Council to reverse the city manager’s decision because removal discriminates against Christians.
A letter with the resolution from the association states;
“For several decades the one percent that oppose Christian values have worked very hard to impose their secular beliefs on the other 99.9 percent through our Legislative, Judicial and Executive branches.”
““In the last decade you might recall that the City of McAlester yielded to the unpopular pressure to remove a cross from its logo. Recently the City installed (silhouettes) depicting a US Military kneeling in silent prayer. By order of the city manager these...were removed supposedly so not as to offend anyone. Much could be said about that but I think you get the picture.”
The resolution states that because the silhouettes picture soldiers kneeling in silent prayer that they should be allowed. Because silent prayer is not a violation of the Constitution.
“The Gaines Creek Association of Free Will Baptists stand opposed to the removal of the “figurines”  depicting US Military kneeling in silent prayer...”
The resolution also asks the council to reverse the decision of the city manager for the will of the people.
The McAlester City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. at the McAlester City Hall, 28 E. Washington Avenue.
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Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.

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