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August 21, 2012

Protest against the removal of crosses from city signs gains momentum

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McAlester Mayor Steve Harrison and Ward 1 Councilman Weldon Smith could not be reached for comment.
The petition from McNatt’s group is addressed to Harrison and the city council. 
“This community can no longer set back and allow our Lord to be taken out of our community,” the petition states. “The city has taken the cross off the city emblem because one person complained. .. now you have a whole community complaining. Christians are upset, it is time this city is no longer under condemnation of this sort. ...
“This is a Christian Nation and we believe the cross should be displayed to honor our Savior Jesus Christ.”
Kevin Dean, a member of the Lord’s Calvary Church, said he decided to write up the petition as a matter of principle. 
“We as Christians need to start standing up for the Lord,” Dean said.
The American Legion in Hartshorne is also behind the move.
Hartshorne American Legion No. 180 member and John Dear, of Kiowa, said his organization is also behind the effort. 
“The veterans of the United States went to war to give atheists the right to speak out for their beliefs and the right for Christians to put up these crosses,” Dear said. 
 Although they are not on the Aug. 28 council agenda, McNatt and Dean said they plan to attend the city session and to organize a group to pray in front of city hall before the 6 p.m. meeting.
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Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.

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