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Crosses approved at Idaho parade after chamber lifted ban

Crosses approved at Idaho parade after chamber lifted ban

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The claim: The post implies that the video shows people violating the cross ban at the Fourth of July parade

A Facebook post from July 4 (direct link, archive link) includes a video showing a crowd walking down a street, with some people carrying crosses and American flags.

“UNBELIEVABLE: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho banned crosses for the Fourth of July parade and look what happened,” reads the caption under the post.

Commenters seemed to interpret the post to mean that the ban was in effect at the time of the event.

“Praise be to God, people who stand up for our freedom,” reads one of the comments, while another urges the parade participants to “stay strong.”

Other versions of this claim spread widely on TikTok and X, formerly Twitter.

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Our assessment: Lack of context

The conclusion here is incorrect. Although the Coeur d’Alene Regional Chamber had imposed a ban on certain religious images in parades earlier this year, this decision was reversed a few days before July 4.

Ban was not intended to be anti-religious, says Kammer

The Coeur d’Alene Regional Chamber in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has adopted parade rules in early 2024 that prohibit “symbols associated with particular political movements, religions or ideologies,” the Coeur d’Alene Press reported.

The decision came after the chamber received complaints in recent years about “offensive flags, derogatory illustrations, harsh political language and graphic photographs” at its Fourth of July American Heroes Parade, chamber president and CEO Linda Coppess told USA TODAY.

The ban was intended to ensure that the annual parade was a “family-friendly and unifying” event celebrating the founding of the state and supporting military families, Coppess said. But the decision sparked accusations that the chamber was anti-religious.

The chamber acknowledged that the ban was controversial and announced in a Facebook post on July 1, a few days before the parade, that religious symbols would be exempt.

“The original policy was not intended to isolate individuals, nor should it be viewed as an anti-religious policy,” the statement said.

Thousands of people participated in the American Heroes Parade in Coeur d’Alene on July 4, she said.

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USA TODAY reached out to the chamber and several users who shared the post for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.

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