Note: This article has been updated to reflect what changes will be made to the monument.
On Thursday, I wrote about the controversy surrounding a police officers monument in Tega Cay, South Carolina that the city decided to alter and then later remove after complaints from some residents about its Biblical references.
The city first made the crazy decision early in the week to scratch out the Lord’s name on the monument in hopes it would appease those who had expressed objections to the references. Here’s what it looked like:
NEW: The city of Tega Cay has removed the fallen officer monument outside of the police station until they find a solution.
— Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) July 24, 2019
The next day, however, they announced they were going to remove the monument entirely:
“We have received many comments, both locally and nationally, in response to the monument at the Tega Cay Police Station,” the city said in a statement posted Facebook. “We attempted to find a compromise but failed as our community has further divided.”
“Hopefully folks understand why it was there. Hopefully folks understand why it has been removed. The text,” said Tega Cay City Manager, Charlier Funderburk.
“At this time, we have removed the monument while we continue to seek a solution that expresses our unwavering support and gratitude to those who risk their lives every day for ours,” they said.
The good news is that today they reversed course and now will not only restore the references to the Lord’s name on the monument but also will reinstall it at its original location. The only thing different is that the Bible verse that was originally included will not be on it:
The city said it will put the monument back in its original location and condition, including the officer’s prayer.
The monument will not be exactly as it was before, though. There was a Bible verse from Matthew on the front side of it, which has been removed.
Here’s what the city posted on their Facebook page:
After careful consideration and much conversation with people on both sides of the discussion, City Council has made the…
As I said yesterday, they never should have taken it down to begin with. After all, you can’t please everybody. But in the end, all’s well that ends well.
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