Religion: Flag Fuss

In the quiet Jersey hamlet of West Milford last week, a small-town rumpus took on a national significance. The First Presbyterian Church (membership: 176) decided that the symbol of the church takes precedence over the symbol of the state. Despite the vigorous objections of Police Chief Somers Stites, the Presbyterians kept the Christian flag to the pastor's right and the Stars & Stripes to his left in their little white clapboard church.

Chief Stites, like many another American male, keeps his religion in his womenfolks' name. His wife, daughter and sister are members of First Church; he is not. When he learned...

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