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flagIt is apprently the world's largest Confederate flag - measuring some 50 ft by 30 ft - and tomorrow it will fly where I75 meets I4 on a private triangle of land. It will be seen by the millions (literally) of tourists as they head to the State to visit our world famous attractions - and, in my opinion, it is simply sick.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans in Tampa will fly this atop a 139 foot flagpole tomorrow but hope to be able to get permission to fly it on a permanent basis on some kind of future museum to confederate veterans.

Now of course if that does happen, the tourists will still never know. They will still see this symbol of racism and slavery as they arrive in Central Florida and who knows what they will think of us.

I'm not interested in the history. Don't tell me the war was about unfair taxes. The flag represents eveil to a lot of people and I have a message to The Sons of Confederate Veterans in Tampa. YOU LOST! To me this is equal to someone deciding to fly the Swastika.

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Simon - I'll work on it, and see what we can set up...

June 03, 2008 11:41 AM
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Mike Saunders
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I agree with Ted. The confederate flag is a symbol of more than slavery. I know many, who, by no stretch of the imagination, could be considere racist but display the confederate flag. Not all those who seceded were racist. Many of those in the north, that didn't secede, were.

As for the swastika, it has been in use for thousands of years by Hindu's, Buhdists, Navajo and other Native American, European & Asian cultures.

People are so afraid of symbolism, that they want toss aside any and everything that might use that symbol, declaring it racist, or hateful, whatever.

This has gotten so bad the LA had to remove the cross from it's city emblem. It represented hundreds of years of heritage. It reflected it's start as a mission. Yet toss that symbol because it offended some people.

5 year old kids are getting suspended from school and requiring counseling because they drew a picture resembling a gun or a knife, or they spoke the word.

Slavery is/was abominable. The wholesale slaughter of 6 million Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, mentally challanged, ect. evil.

But the swastika, the Confederate flag, are not, in and of themselves, evil (or even symbols of evil, that is in the eye or heart or mind of the beholder).

How many who think the Confederate flag is evil think the same about the Billy Idol song, Rebel Yell. Where do they think the term rebel yell comes from. From the battle cry of the men in gray charging behind that flag.

How many who find the confederate flag offensive are not offended by Robert Byrd, former KKK member and a leader of the Democratic party's opposition to the Civil Rights and Voting rights acts of the 60's.

How many who find the confederate flag offensive and want to suppress the flying of it uphold and even actively support Jeremiah Wright's or Louis Farakahn's vitriol.

How many are willing to demand First Ammendment rights for some but deny those same rights because they find them offensive.

Listen UP Amurica. We got bigger problems than that.

June 03, 2008 12:44 PM
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Simon Conway
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Mike - you are taking history as opposed to what this actually means to so many people. It actually doesn't matter if they are wrong, because the message is the same one that they will hear.

Once more - for the record -  I would not ban this; I would not take away their right to fly this flag - in fact I would defend their right to do so - but I wish (key word) they didn't actually want to because of how many people will be offended by it.

The Swastika is the same in so far as the original symbol and what it meant is just not relevant. The message it now sends is one of hate and evil and death. I'm not sure, but I think it is actually illegal to fly that flag in germany these days and I wouldn't have passed that law.

June 03, 2008 12:58 PM
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Mike Saunders
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Simon, you are right about Germany. Germany also has laws agains questioning the holocaust.

Would you ask people not to display the cross because of how many would be offended by it?

I understand your point, Simon. However, what else are we going to give up for fear of offending some one or some group? You can't use the word yacht in California state school's because it might offend those who can't afford one. In some schools we can't fly the flag for fear of offending someone. For gosh sake, that is the symbol of our country. Private companies have forbidden displays of American flags on desks and in cubicles because it might offend some employee or customer.

My point is we should not let symbols have so much control over us, nor should we let people have so much control over our symbols. When will this madness end?

June 03, 2008 02:18 PM
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Every flag offends somebody, American Indians are offended by the Stars and stripes. ANCESTORS of the present day American Indian were slaughtered and their land was stolen in the name of the STARS and STRIPES. ANCESTORS of many southerners of United States did buy slaves from AFRICAN tribes. Is it wrong for many African Americans to be offended when they see the flag of a West African country that sold their ancestors into slavery? or the symbol of the West Indian Trading Company that profitted from the sale of Africans to southern states.  When you start telling people what kind of flag they can fly where will it stop.

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