Feedback: Church to City - No More Colored Lights For Clock
If the city can turn the clock above First Baptist Church green for St. Patrick's Day, what's next?
The church and its attorney are worried.
"It's a church. It's a house of worship," said Stephen Gebo, the lawyer representing the church.
Gebo says the clock tower should not become a billboard for various causes.
He has written City Hall asking lawmakers to leave the clock's colors alone no matter what event the city wants to promote.
"There could become political or other disputes and the church just doesn't think they should be involved in those," said Gebo.
The church gets a sympathetic ear from the mayor.
"Granted, we happen to have a clock in there, but if we had a clock in First Pres, or St. Pat's or Holy Family, would we really be having this debate if the church objected? I think not," said Mayor Jeff Graham.
Two other council members tell 7 News they're now inclined to side with the church and leave the clock white at all times.
But if the city insists on lighting the clock different colors for different events, will the church take the matter further?
"I wouldn't rule out any actions just yet, but we're hoping we can resolve the issue with the city very amicably. That's what we hope," said Gebo.
Look for discussion about this at the next city council meeting.
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