Utah Town Repeals Its UN-Free' Law
Jan. 17, 2002
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LA VERKIN, Utah (AP) _ The City Council repealed an ordinance declaring the town a ``United Nations-free zone'' and prohibiting the U.N. from taxing the city or stationing troops there.
Al Snow, the only person on the five-member council to vote against the repeal Wednesday, pledged to put the issue before voters in a referendum.
``The U.N. Charter is a tool to overthrow our Constitution,'' Snow said. ``It will be up for a vote again; I will not allow this to go. You're going to have to kill me to stop me.''
The council passed a stronger ordinance on July 4 that banned the U.N. flag and required residents and businesses working for the United Nations to post signs on their property and file reports.
The ordinance was watered down after the state attorney general said it was unconstitutional. The new version banned U.N. flags only at City Hall, while still blaming the United Nations for environmentalism and other perceived dangers.
An election last fall swept all the supporters of the original law except for Snow from office in this southwestern Utah city of 3,300 residents, about 20 miles from Zion National Park.
Clay Douglas, mayor of Bingham, N.M., the only other town in the country to have a U.N.-free zone, condemned the city's actions.
La Verkin has ``no courage, no conviction,'' Douglas said.