Back home in Virginia, I fly the Confederate Battle or more properly, the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. The soon-to-be-banned license plate of my car has the flag and a commemoration to one of the greatest generals in American history, Robert E. Lee. Why do I do this?
- I fly the Confederate Flag in respect for over a quarter million Southerners who gave their lives in the War Between the States (or the War of Northern Aggression to some historians);
- In an era of unprecedented government overreach, it also serves as a symbol of a forgone ideal where freedom reigned, and liberty and self-reliance triumphed over despotism and dependence;
- It was inspired by the cross of St Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland, whose enlightenment inspired George Mason and The Virginia Declaration of Rights.
- It is thus a Christian flag which represents the majesty of the Lord and his divine role in American history, culture, and life; and
- If this flag is to be banned because of its associations, then so too should the Stars and Stripes and the British Union Jack, both of which flew over slave ships and are waved by far-right groups.
What do you people think on this side of the pond?