The latest kerfuffle about the Confederate flag shows how people can become ridiculously involved in proving something that isn’t true.
The Confederate States of America ended with the surrender of the armies of that now extinct nation in 1865. This means that for 155 years, the CSA has not existed. Yet, there are people willing to go to argument and/or war over a flag that represents a nation that hasn’t existed for 250 years.
In my opinion, that’s just a little weird.
All of this brouhaha started when the news media linked the terrible shootings in South Carolina to a photograph of the alleged shooter holding a Confederate flag. Almost immediately, the shouts came loud and long for the flag flying in South Carolina’s capital to come down. Why? Well, at the time it was because it wasn’t flying at half-staff as the other flags were. Suddenly people like Mitt Romney called for the flag (which was not even flying atop the capital building, but at a site yards away) to come down.
Now, we’re still talking about a flag that hasn’t represented any government (that’s what flags do) for 155 years.
We need to be careful that we do not place so much importance upon symbols. Of course, I know the world loves to do that. The world loves to do any number of things that are ridiculous and unnecessary.
People say there are those who are offended by the Confederate flag. As far as I can tell, a piece of cloth cannot offend anyone. It is simply a piece of cloth. Well, some say, that Confederate flag stands for racism. And this is according to whom? Isn’t this a judgment that has been rendered by the news media? On what basis is it true?
I am reminded of people who every Sunday kneel in front of a brass or bronze cross. The cross has become a powerful symbol of Christianity to some, but should a symbol have that kind of power? Or is it a violation against the commandment, “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them,” (Exodus 20:4-5 NASB).
“But, people are offended by that flag.” People are so easily offended by just about anything. Does this mean that we are all supposed to give up our freedom of expression for political correctness? Have we arrived at a place in this country where we are all supposed to fit into someone’s idea of a cookie cutter world?