Bill to remove Confederate flag clears S.C. Senate, moves to House of Representatives

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A Confederate flag flies at the base of a Confederate memorial in front of the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia on July 4, 2015.  Photo by Tami Chappell, courtesy of Reuters
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A Confederate flag flies at the base of a Confederate memorial in front of the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia on July 4, 2015. Photo by Tami Chappell, courtesy of Reuters *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-GAY-OPED, originally transmitted on June 8, 2016.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) Several Senators spoke of being moved and inspired by the Christian forgiveness displayed by relatives of the Emanuel 9 for the shooter, adding that removal of the flag was the proper way to honor them.

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  • Be Brave

    When does each state pass a bill labeling the gay pride (rainbow) flag as insulting, intimidating, threatening, hateful and an attack on Christians and Christianity?

    If we are to rightfully support taking down the confederate flag that insults so many Americans, what about the rainbow flag that is used to insult and intimidate so many American-Christians?

  • JR

    How is it we blame a flag for a racist murder? Is this the solution to racism in America? The Confederate flag is an historical remnant of our past as a country and only represents pro-slavery to a racist few. This is pure silliness, another politically correct act that is ultimately meaningless. By focusing purely on the flag, we now enrage those who have an affection for it…..and a solution to racial hatred is still dormant.

  • Be Brave

    JR,

    With all due respect,

    The Confederate flag is not just an image of history. It is a declaration of war on the USA. It represents the enemies of the country. It has no place anywhere in this country.

    Read Lincoln’s Second Inaugural speech to see what it means (or should mean) to Christians. And of course to the country “as a whole.” It is a social and political blight.

    That it was ever allowed to fly proudly AFTER the Confederacy was beaten in the Civil WAR it heralded, is an affront and a threat – as it was proven to be in the murder of 21st century American Christians – that has it now seen again for what it is.

  • JR

    Be, I would agree fully if the Confederate flag had not been allowed to fly for over 150 years without much ado. Germany has a law forbidding the Nazi flag, correctly, but our government ignored the flag of the South for reasons unknown…..most likely to ease Reconstruction at the time. In the decades since, the flag, to me, is nothing more than a piece of nostalgia for Southerners…..and I as a Yankee do not see it as threatening or a symbol of racism.

  • Larry

    Germany has a much different take on freedom of speech and had to forcibly remove Nazis from its government post-war. Confederates and their sympathizers were able to retain power in the South. The fact that the confederate flag still flew for 150 years is a sign of shame, not an act of endearment.

    The KKK still use the flag as a symbol of their cause
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/06/29/kkk-group-plans-rally-outside-of-south-carolina-statehouse/

    That alone puts any argument for its continued use by government to rest. It is an embarrassment and in poor taste in this day and age.

  • JR

    Whatever. I personally think its a stupid issue…..just like lighting up the White House in rainbow lighting, but no red, white, and blue for the Fourth. Obama’s message is what?

  • greg

    If that coward in Charleston had of been holding a Koran, then I guess we’d be talking about banning the Koran?

  • Curious

    “I would agree fully if the Confederate flag had not been allowed to fly for over 150 years without much ado.”

    Actually, the flag was pretty much forgotten until the Civl Rights era, at which point it mysteriously made a comeback. Hmmm, I wonder what the significance of that timing was…

  • Larry

    “Hmmm, I wonder what the significance of that timing was…”

    The resurgence of the KKK after about a 30 year slumber.

  • Jack

    I wish the politicians had taken the flag down when it took guts to do so, ie before the murders took place. But I guess that’s asking the impossible — for politicians not to be politicians.

    I accept that the Confederate flag is a symbol of southern pride for some, but flying it in a state capital is inherently divisive. For the sake of love for the many who understandably see it as for them a reminder of a legacy of fear and terror, it should have come down long ago.

  • Neon Genesis

    I love how you claim to be opposed to racism while at the same time you defend the racists. Some Christian you are. You’re a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

  • Neon Genesis

    I didn’t know Christians were so scared of a tiny rainbow. Jesus would be ashamed of you.

  • JR

    Nah, He wouldn’t be. The gays took a beautiful, natural wonder and made it into a symbol of a disordered “love”. Jesus would be revolted at the symbolism, or should I say IS revolted by the symbolism. Seems now Garland’s “Over the Rainbow” should lose its gay affection, since most people now want to be Over it.

  • Ben in oakland

    The skies must be filled with pigs, because for the second time, I’m in total agreement with you.

  • Jack

    Taking down the flag in state capitals makes eminent sense and is what Christian love is supposed to be about.

    Where it gets loony is when popular culture starts going on a witch hunt and tries to ban old shows that have the flag or when people want the memorial at Gettysburg, or the gift shop, to get rid of such flags. Such moves cross the line from sensitivity to totalitarianism.