CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A local attorney is flying a Christian flag about a foot above the American Flag outside his office in the Great Bridge section of Chesapeake.
Attorney and minister Steve Taylor says it is a sign of protest and part of a growing movement called God before Government.
“The reason we’re doing this is not to disrespect the flag but rather to start a conversation about how this country moved from its Christian heritage and Christian morality into where we’re at now,” said Taylor.
Taylor said this protest is a direct result of the Supreme Court decision in June to legalize gay marriage. Taylor is also associated with the attorney who represented Kim Davis, the Kentucky court clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
“Ronald Reagan I think said that ‘if we are not a nation under God then we will be a nation gone under,'” Taylor told WAVY.com.
Federal law clearly states that no flag or pennant should be placed above, or if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America. However, that law is not enforced. The Supreme Court ruled flag burning is protected free speech. That’s how Taylor sees this protest, despite complaints from some veterans.
“The last thing we want to do is offend those good meaning patriots of this country, but the truth is that’s where this conversation has to start,” Taylor said.
Only, some would rather not talk and are taking action instead. Someone stole Taylor’s flag last weekend. He replaced it and says he will do it again if needed. “We’ll keep flying this as long as the Lord allows us to keep flying it.”
Taylor urges more Christians to stand up for their beliefs. He told WAVY.com that if more had done so in the past abortion wouldn’t be legal, prayer in school wouldn’t be a problem and the 10 Commandments would stand in government buildings everywhere.
So, what do you think about the protest?