Jesse Gordon on Civil Rights
Buchananís view that gay marriage is ďimmoralĒ and therefore that it should be banned indicates a basic misunderstanding of civil rights. He can think itís immoral and I wouldnít oppose him; but when he says it should be banned BECAUSE he thinks itís immoral, then I oppose him in every way possible. Buchananís position here indicates that his basic viewpoint is that the majority morality should supercede individual rights. Thatís the REAL issue of gay marriage, as far as Iím concerned -- not anything to do at all with sex or morality.
A: The controversy is not about whether it was a valid flag of the Confederacy. Itís disingenuous to pretend that thatís really the issue. The controversy is about whether itís right for an official state office to fly a flag which indicates support for the oppression of blacks.
No one denies you the right to personally fly the flag of your choice in your home. For that matter, no one denies you the right to argue for the suppression of the rights of blacks. But should a state government be allowed to make the same statement, with the same implications?
All the confederate flags Iíve seen in official places in the South have been carefully placed as part of ďCivil War Memorials.Ē I think thatís a reasonable compromise-the Confederate flag can fly on the lawn (but not on the roof) of city halls, where thereís a plaque about the Civil War. That acknowledges history while not expressing explicit state support of the confederacy.
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