Have you noticed, when there is some kind of progress, nay-sayers arrive to cause the progress to look as if what positive thing has just happened is really nothing more than descending to the primordial depths and not progress at all? This is trying to happen with two very big issues currently on everyone’s lips and on every single news station in the country: The Confederate Flag and Gay Marriage.
The above is the true “Stars and Bars” of the Confederate States of America. Originally it held seven stars, then nine, eleven, and finally 13. It resembles the American flag quite a bit. This was confusing to the men fighting.
This is the Confederate battle flag. It is very different from both the American “Union” flag and the Confederate States of America flag. It was very useful during battles to know which was your side. The Civil War has been over quite a while and I do not see why a “battle flag” should not be retired. It is not the flag of the South as many call it, but a useful tool during one of the most horrific wars in the history of our country.
A year after the end of the Civil War in 1866, the Ku Klux Klan was formed. The KKK or The Klan, called themselves, an “Invisible Empire of the South.” Many people know of the stories of how masked raiders in white robes would “liberate” their town, county, or community of the black influences. This meant beating, hanging, or dismembering the black inhabitants. Burning crosses and the battle flag of the Confederacy were left behind to cause fear and terror in the non-white population of the South. If you really want to be technical, these people calling themselves “white supremacists” were the first terrorists on American soil.
Since the time of the beginning of the Klan, others have taken up the battle flag of the Confederacy and used it as a symbol to stand for their pride in the South, a way of life, a heritage. This does not mean these people approve of slavery or ever wanted slavery in our American history. These well-meaning individuals look at the battle flag in a totally different manner than the Klan and white supremacist groups in the world today.
I, by birth, am a proud Southern woman. I do not approve of having the battle flag flying as a symbol of my Southern heritage because the war is over. I do not need a flag to let people know I am a proud Southerner. You can tell this in my speech, my cooking, my story-telling, and my family. I am a Southern woman and a proud American woman. The flag I look to with respect is the flag of my country. We can’t change the past – what is done is done. Let the war end. There is enough going on in the world today for good people to fight against instead of trying to cause a greater conflict between Native-black-hispanic-Asian-etc. and white Americans. We are America and it is time for us to stand as Americans with all our many different ethnicities and heritages.
Now, the highest court in the land has approved civil unions for homosexual and lesbian couples. Marriage is still designated as existing between a man and a woman. If we are going to be a nation, everyone should have the right to choose their companion with privileges. Will all of these civil unions last? No. Neither will the a good number of the marriages. It isn’t right for a county clerk to deny civil union licenses for these couples. They have a job. They work for the government and by law, the people of their county. These people do not have to like what they are doing, but they do need to fulfill their job description. Should I judge the people becoming life partners or those couples getting married? No, I am not God and it isn’t up to me to judge and it shouldn’t be up to anyone else.
We get so hung up on making people do what we want we sometimes forget very little is in our hands to control. If you are truly a Christian, God is in control. If, as a county clerk, you disagree with the decision made and you do not believe you can fulfill your job description by giving out civil union licenses, then I suggest you look for another job; or, you could just tell those coming for the civil union, “God bless you,” because they are in God’s hands, too.