City Council Members Gut Vet’s Memorial, So Voters Gut Something Too

Three gutless city council members who removed a veteran’s memorial because of its allegedly religious connotation were gutted of their seats after furious voters decided someone better should be running their city.

According to Breitbart, the tiny town of Knoxville, Iowa, became an unlikely spot for a showdown between atheists and local government. A single resident apparently complained to the atheist group Americans United for Separation of Church and State about the memorial, which featured a silhouette of a soldier kneeling by a cross.

That was enough to get that resident’s underwear in a knot, and enough to get Americans United for Separation of Church and State to threaten Knoxville with a lawsuit.

Last Nov. 2, the city council met to consider whether it should remove the display. By a 3-2 vote, it agreed to do so, not wanting to anger the atheist group or engage in a court battle. The atheists had successfully intimidated council members April Verwers, Carolyn Formanek, and David Roozeboom into voting to remove the display.

One day later, the voters of Knoxville let them know exactly how they felt. Roozeboom wasn’t running for re-election, but April Verwers and Carolyn Formanek were — and both were handily defeated, with neither one getting more than 15 percent of the vote.

“I was extremely emotional,” said resident Doug Goff, who organized a protest in favor of keeping the memorial, “because this cause is very deep to me and I felt like I have let people down. I’d like to send him the message that if you’re not going to listen to Knoxville, Knoxville’s not going to back you.”

And if the atheists thought they had won, well, they were wrong. Over 2,000 small crosses appeared in front yards all over town, making the city of Knoxville even more openly Christian than it was before.

Let this be a lesson: Standing up for faith and freedom against the secular nanny state may not be easy, but it’s the only option. We will not let these militant atheists change our country. Please like and share on Facebook and Twitter if you agree.

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