Demon mascot prompts city to change ordinance

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — A central Georgia town has changed a city ordinance after a pastor filed a lawsuit claiming his rights were violated when he was arrested for protesting the local high school’s demon mascot.

Pastor Donald Crosby and some members of his congregation had gathered outside the high school on the first day of classes in 2010. They urged the school to abandon the team’s red-horned mascot and its name, which Crosby said was offensive to Christians.

City attorney Jim Elliott tells WMAZ-TV (http://on.wmaz.com/tqbZwX) that the case has prompted the town to review a city ordinance on protests. He said that officials found that prohibiting protesters from carrying cameras to photograph others is “impractical and unenforceable.”

The Warner Robins City Council this week voted to repeal that section of the city ordinance.

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