Neo-Confederates at a rally in Orange County last year
Perhaps you heard that, yesterday, the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention—the largest Protestant organization in the world, with about fifteen million members—voted that members should cease displaying the Confederate flag.
"We recognize that the Confederate battle flag is used by some and perceived by many as a symbol of hatred, bigotry, and racism, offending millions of people," the SBC's resolution
states. "And...we recognize that, while the removal of the Confederate battle flag from public display is not going to solve the most severe racial tensions that plague our nation and churches, those professing Christ are called to extend grace and put the consciences of others ahead of their own interests and actions."
An encouraging, if tardy, step in the right direction for a group with a whole lot of racism
in its past.
The North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans—these guys, basically
—well, they are just NOT ON BOARD with this one.
R. Kevin Stone, North Carolina's "division commander," lol, says in a release that this whole thing is just a bunch of politically correct poppycock. Give it to us straight, commander:
"In the midst of the tragedies happening in this world, we are shocked and dismayed that an organization devoted to the cause of Christ would fall prey to political correctness and private vendettas," Stone says. "That the leaders of this once mighty people of God would allow themselves to be distracted from the work of Jesus Christ to arbitrarily malign the good name of the Confederate soldier fighting for freedom, is a heinous and sinful deed that will divide the people more than bring them together."
A "heinous and sinful deed"! What else you got, Stone?
In a misguided attempt to attract and appease those that the church has yet to reach, the SBC cited that it is better to take down the Confederate Flag than have one soul refuse salvation. By their very action, the SBC has put a stumbling block before the masses with their sad attempt at political correctness.
Yep, just "one soul," not the hundreds of millions of people for whom that flag symbolizes slavery and oppression. Moving on:
We and our members belonging to the SBC, strongly oppose this resolution and the treasonous insult it is to the soldier who fought for freedom from Federal tyranny that we still face today. We will continue to seek all remedies to raise the banner that the proud Confederate soldier carried into battle and hold his name in honor.
What exactly is a "treasonous insult"? Can there be treason if the country doesn't exist?
Read the full thing here