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Falling Flags

Adolf Hitler could have been remembered as one of the most competent leaders in history. He ended the civil war in the Weimar Republic. He brought the widespread inflation in Germany under control and stabilized their economy. He commissioned Porsche to design and produce the Volkswagen—a car cheap enough for Germans to buy and inexpensive to operate.

In ten years, he changed Germany from a defeated, disorganized, impoverished country into a nation with one of the strongest economies in the world—one of the most powerful military forces on earth—and a model of efficient and productive industry.

Time Magazine named Hitler “Man of the Year” in 1938….

But when the Nazi Flag is raised people don’t think of those accomplishments…The flag invokes images of imprisonment, torture, and the deaths of an estimated 11 million people….

2751691807_dbcebbaa69_bThe Confederate Flag can be a symbol of history and heritage to many. However, when it is raised most people are not thinking of sweet tea and southern hospitality… it invokes images of slavery—3,950,528 in the year 1860 alone.

The United States of America has many attributes of which to be proud—slavery isn’t one of them.

Fly the Rebel Flag from your pick-up truck if you must, but it doesn’t belong on government buildings.

Photo credit: Jason Lander / Foter / CC BY

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5 thoughts on “Falling Flags

  1. I know the feeling that flag evokes. The rainbow flag makes me feel the same way. Shouldn’t be flown in government buildings either. Or any businesses for that matter. Makes me feel unwelcome.

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    • Thank you for commenting. This is a dialogue that hits both ways—if it is improper to display religious imagery on government properties then it would stand to reason that it would be similarly improper to display imagery in support various social movements on government buildings as well. However, if it is improper to fly a flag or some other imagery in support of a social movement on a private business because it offends someone, then some could make the same argument about a church placing a cross or some other religious imagery on their private property. For me personally, I don’t worship a flag, a crucifix, or any other image, I worship God and I humbly take God at His word. Because of my belief, some people are going to consider me the enemy…even call me hateful…I don’t hate them, but I can’t help but be concerned for them.

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  2. Your argument can be applied to the Confederate Flag as well. It should not be taken down from government buildings in the South because it offends some people. People in the South still have strong feelings about the Confederacy. For them it means states rights, not slavery.

    I didn’t realize this until a gear-head friend invited me to South Carolina for the ‘Rebel 500.’ There were Confederate flags flying everywhere. This is a part of their identity of which they are very proud. It binds them together in a way that Northerners cannot understand or appreciate. We have no similar emblem that unites us.

    Whatever the Confederate flag once meant, today it represents a part of the country that still has some traditional values, where people wave to strangers, address each other as ‘Ma’am’ and ‘Sir’, pray at public events, make faith an integral part of their lives, and identify as proud patriots.

    I say let them keep their flag and wave it proudly. I am sick and tired of the victimization of America. Today every American is either a victim or an oppressor. There seems to be no middle ground.

    Craig Olson

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    • For me, stating that the Confederacy only fought for “states rights” is similar to a pro-choice activist saying they are only fighting for the right to choose. While these statements are both correct they also shield the primary consequences. Pro choice results in aborted lives, everyone knows that. States Rights—at the time of the Civil War—was about the expansion of slavery and very little of anything else. These two issues share a compassionless ideology—they both promote a cause in which the ramifications devalue and/or outright reject human life.

      People should be free to fly the confederate flag from their own personal flag pole, store front, pick-up truck, race car or any other personal space they desire; but I argue that the flag, and what it once stood for has no place in the halls of justice or any other government buildings.

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