Jim Webb on the Confederate Flag

This is an emotional time and we all need to think through these issues with a care that recognizes the need for change but also respects the complicated history of the Civil War. The Confederate Battle Flag has wrongly been used for racist and other purposes in recent decades. It should not be used in any way as a political symbol that divides us.
But we should also remember that honorable Americans fought on both sides in the Civil War, including slave holders in the Union Army from states such as Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland and Delaware, and that many non-slave holders fought for the South. It was in recognition of the character of soldiers on both sides that the federal government authorized the construction of the Confederate Memorial 100 years ago, on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.
This is a time for us to come together, and to recognize once more that our complex multicultural society is founded on the principle of mutual respect.

Dear Mitt Romney: The Confederate Flag Represents States’ Rights, Not Bigotry

Many see the Confederate flag as “a symbol of racial hatred,” Romney tweeted on Saturday. “Remove it now to honor Charleston victims.” — Confederate flag sets off debate in GOP 2016 class

Mitt Romney’s Statement Leads to Removal of Angel Moroni Statues from Mormon TemplatesFuture Headline

This future headline may not be unrealistic as The Associated Press cunningly pounds away again at the First Amendment, and KSL and other media organizations knowingly or unknowingly echo its propaganda.

Dear Mitt,

Future historians may demonstrate how your call to abolish South Carolina’s state rights led to the removal of Angel Moroni statues from Mormon templates.

The United States Civil War was fought over states’ rights, at least from a southern standpoint. South Carolina displays the Confederate flag to symbolize the importance of states’ rights.

Before the Civil War, Americans felt allegiance to their individual states. That is why General Robert E. Lee, a Virginian, declined Lincoln’s offer to lead the Union Army. Lincoln and the northern army eventually destroyed states’ rights.

How would you like if politicians demanded the removal of Angel Moroni statues from Mormon Temple steeples?

Moroni represents the other angel to fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, declaring all other religions invalid. Is that not offensive to the 97% of Americans who have not read the Book of Mormon?

It doesn’t matter what people think or say, or even if they express bigotry, it only matters that you and all Americans support their right to publicly state their beliefs and varied opinions, as canonized in the First Amendment.

Mitt, you have your right to express your opinion but understand it aids the propaganda machine designed to destroy the First Amendment.

Maybe it is time your statements be reviewed by Church Correlation before publication.

States have the right to enforce the abolition of slavery because they agreed to the 13th Amendment. They have not agreed to abolish the First Amendment.

Sincerely,

Robert John Stevens

P.S. Using the force of government to remove Angel Moroni Statues would be as unconstitutional as removing Christian Crosses or McDonald’s Arches (which could be said by dietitians to represent rounded obesity).