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Thieves steal American flags from church display

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- You might say it was a violation of church and state.

Wrightsboro United Methodist Church prides itself on being very patriotic, but thieves targeted its annual display of dozens of American flags.

Thursday members of Wrightsboro UMC put up 56 flags to honor the men and women who have served from this church. Yesterday morning seven of those flags were gone.

Rev. Jerry Jackson says he does not understand why anybody would take the flags, but he hopes they are using them for something positive.

He says this is a tradition his church began last year. He says they leave the flags flying for at least a week as a symbolic act of celebrating our nation's liberties and freedoms.

"We are a very patriotic church," Rev. Jackson said. "We are a church that appreciates those that have served our country and we are also a church that even in our musical program we try to celebrate america and what it stands for."

Members of the church have replaced the seven stolen flags and say they will continue to leave the flags out throughout the holiday weekend.

We reached out to the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office to see if it had any leads on this case, but we have not gotten a call back yet.

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Unpatriotic Pastors!

It is a shame that some goofball pastors are scared to death to display anything patriotic because they are either so unpatriotic or they are so afraid of losing their tax exempt status.

Either way, they are wimps.

We applaud a pastor and a church that is Proud of America!!!

Way-to-go to Wrightsboro Methodist Church. You should try to influence other UMC Methodist preachers to be Patriots!

Out of 56 Flags

. . . only seven were taken? Might they have been blown away during some of our blustery rain storms? Just saying', if someone was up for stealing them, you'd think they'd have taken more than 7.

Gay Haters

This is my church and I heard it is because we have a strong homosexual community that attends our church. They are jealous because our music is so good.

Stop with the Rumors

Not everything is about Gay or Straight, Black or white, Baptist or Methodist.....some times it's just about stupid punks who have nothing better to do than steal something that isn't locked down. God knows who did this and has already marked it in his book. I love the Church's Patriotic show of support for our Military and applaud them for showing it so publicly!!!!

I agree!

I agree!