Rutherford: Group Has Right to Fly Confederate Flag

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit heard arguments today in a First Amendment lawsuit filed by The Rutherford Institute, which alleges that the City of Lexington, Va., violated the Constitution by prohibiting a civil war heritage society from flying the Confederate flag on flag standards maintained by the city. Full Story
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huck

Charlottesville, VA

#1 May 16, 2013
westboro church has rights as well
Eaglescout1984

Charlottesville, VA

#2 May 17, 2013
huck wrote:
westboro church has rights as well
WBC has the right to picket soldier's funerals (off of private property) and biker groups have the right to stand in front of them and block their signs from being seen by the grieving families.
Who knows

Lyndhurst, VA

#3 May 17, 2013
Nobody is stopping Westboro UN-Baptist Church from picketing, unlike Lexington City who stopped the display of a flag carried by Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. The liberals who now run Lexington would like to shut down and remove anything to do with Jackson and Lee and our Southern heritage.
Stand up

North Garden, VA

#4 May 17, 2013
These liberals need to stop trying to re-write American History. I know that there is a book called "The Re-Writing of American History" (can't recall author at the moment) however the point is some people are trying to fundamentally change America and this is ridiculous. It needs to stop.
Quit re-enforcing racism, throw out the politcal correctness crap, acknowledge God our creator to which we were founded and if you don't like it, go build your own country some where else!
One Man

Charlottesville, VA

#5 May 17, 2013
Sounds as though the decision makers in the City of Lexington would be delighted with any flag containing the Red Star or the Hammer & Sickle, such aligning well with their Communistic philosophies.
Gru

Charlottesville, VA

#6 May 17, 2013
Stand up wrote:
These liberals need to stop trying to re-write American History. I know that there is a book called "The Re-Writing of American History" (can't recall author at the moment) however the point is some people are trying to fundamentally change America and this is ridiculous. It needs to stop.
Quit re-enforcing racism, throw out the politcal correctness crap, acknowledge God our creator to which we were founded and if you don't like it, go build your own country some where else!
Could not have said this any better !! Yes, they must stop re-writing history -- it happened -- HAPPENED !!! It's in the PAST! LEARN FROM IT AND STOP REPEATING IT !!!! But they're too thick-headed and conceited to learn.
sunny

Stuart, VA

#7 May 17, 2013
I'm a liberal and I am in complete agreement with Rutherford. Just because I don't love what the Confederate flag means to a lot of folks doesn't mean any government can prevent people from displaying it. Government overreach harms ALL of us. Keep on fighting the good fight, Mr. Whitehead.
G Luv

Charlottesville, VA

#8 May 17, 2013
Stand up wrote:
These liberals need to stop trying to re-write American History. I know that there is a book called "The Re-Writing of American History" (can't recall author at the moment) however the point is some people are trying to fundamentally change America and this is ridiculous. It needs to stop.
Quit re-enforcing racism, throw out the politcal correctness crap, acknowledge God our creator to which we were founded and if you don't like it, go build your own country some where else!
I must not question anything. I must not question anything. I must not question anything. I must not question anything. I must not question anything. I must not question anything. I must not question anything. I must not question anything...
G Luv

Charlottesville, VA

#9 May 17, 2013
Gru wrote:
<quoted text> Could not have said this any better !! Yes, they must stop re-writing history -- it happened -- HAPPENED !!! It's in the PAST! LEARN FROM IT AND STOP REPEATING IT !!!! But they're too thick-headed and conceited to learn.
Ditto.
Bill

Charlottesville, VA

#10 May 17, 2013
Sure, let the Confederate battle flag fly. Just as long as there's an accompanying banner that says, Racist Losers of the Civil War. That'll also keep the historical record straight, something I'm sure the Rutherford Institute will be happy to support.
harry

Charlottesville, VA

#11 May 17, 2013
The Confederate Flag is a historical artifact. Liberal-progressives should stop trying to make more of it than that. Just politics as usual for them.
Dude

Bumpass, VA

#13 May 17, 2013
Jason

Charlottesville, VA

#14 May 17, 2013
I write this as a proud Southerner and a prouder American. Maybe the "ruler"s of Lexington should take an example from some of the good people of Gettsyburg, PA. I know it's to attract tourist but I was surprised to see how many places display the Confederate flag right along with the flag of the United States. While attracting tourist, I think they also realize what happened there was a part of this country's history and it cannot be re-written or hidden. Virginia was a part of the Confederacy. That fact cannot be changed. The civil war is part of what helped create this country. I dare say, no people of this nation can claim to be more patriotic today than the ancestors of the men who fought under that Confederate flag. Maybe it takes almost loosing something to really appreciate its value.
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#15 May 17, 2013
it's something to be proud of
Who knows of Southerners

Lyndhurst, VA

#16 May 17, 2013
The Civil War had very little to do with slavery. Abe Lincoln did not fight the Civil War to free slaves.

"My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it,

Yours,
A. Lincoln"

I am a proud Southerner and I believe slavery was wrong and should have been abolished. I am the descendant of Southerners, some of which fought as Confederate Soldiers, but none ever owned a slave. We did not fight so plantation owners could continue to own slaves. We fought to preserve our proud heritage that did not include owning slaves.
Dude

Winchester, VA

#17 May 17, 2013
Who knows of Southerners wrote:
The Civil War had very little to do with slavery. Abe Lincoln did not fight the Civil War to free slaves.
"My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it,
Yours,
A. Lincoln"
I am a proud Southerner and I believe slavery was wrong and should have been abolished. I am the descendant of Southerners, some of which fought as Confederate Soldiers, but none ever owned a slave. We did not fight so plantation owners could continue to own slaves. We fought to preserve our proud heritage that did not include owning slaves.
You're right, Lincoln didn't go to war to free the slaves, he and the Union went to war to preserve the union. The south, or the confederacy, went to war to preserve slavery. John C. Calhoun predicted it in the 1820s
"The day that the balance between two sections of the country-the slaveholding states and the non-slaveholding states is destroyed, is a day that will not be far removed from political revolution, anarchy, civil war, and widespread disaster."
~John C. Calhoun
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#18 May 17, 2013
I think its great that people raise the confederate flag so everyone can see just how idiotic they are. Just like the confederate flag in the back of pick up trucks. Nothing like advertising the fact.
Dude

Bumpass, VA

#19 May 18, 2013
sez you wrote:
I think its great that people raise the confederate flag so everyone can see just how idiotic they are. Just like the confederate flag in the back of pick up trucks. Nothing like advertising the fact.
"Here's your sign"?
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#20 May 18, 2013
Dude wrote:
<quoted text>"Here's your sign"?
Exactly
Walter Ring

Chesterfield, VA

#21 May 21, 2013
White Southerners' rights are violated every day. Forced integration, busing, massive nonwhite-on-White crime, telling Whites who they have to sell their houses to, exorbitant income taxes to fund a nonwhite criminal underclass, illegal immigration that is overwhelmingly nonwhite, anti-White discrimination in every aspect of life including hiring, promotions, scholarships, the list goes on. This is just another in a long list of things the anti-White, anti-Confederate establishment has implemented to demonize, slander and dehumanize White Southerners that are proud of their Confederate heritage. We have never consented and will never consent to any of these things!!!

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