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Mixing flag and cross on Tangier Island in the Chesapeake

By Dennis Forney | Aug 16, 2011
Photo by: Dennis Forney A crab shanty over the water at Tangier Island.

On a recent visit to Tangier Island on the lower Chesapeake, I saw a rich mix of church and state at a couple of different places.  High on the town's water tower, one of the most visible landmarks for mariners in that part of the world, a large cross proclaims the faith of the townspeople.  On a crab shanty built over the water along one of the entrances to the town's harbor is further evidence that the islanders like their blend of sacred and secular. On a white flag pole the Stars and Stripes whip in the wind while a large sign on the same property proclaims a strong belief.

God bless America and the first amendment to the constitution!

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