National Cathedral Removing Confederate Flags, Citing Hatred and Racial Supremacy

Justin Holcomb
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Posted: Jun 09, 2016 4:00 PM
National Cathedral Removing Confederate Flags, Citing Hatred and Racial Supremacy
The Washington National Cathedral says it will remove two images of the Confederate battle flag from the building’s stained glass windows, classifying them a symbol of hatred and racial supremacy.  The windows also honor Confederate generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee.

A five-person task force that examined the windows’ symbolic power said the flags cannot remain on the cathedral’s stained glass.

The task force cited recent events to justify their decision in their report.

“A young white man walked into the Wednesday night prayer service… he hated them because of their blackness… photos of the Confederate battle flag were found on the killer’s website… the Confederate battle flag serves as a symbol of racial hatred.”

The Cathedral will begin a public dialogue on Sunday, July 17  to discuss “What the White Church Must Do.”

Ex-Officer: Photo in Confederate Flag Boxers Led to Firing

A former South Carolina police officer has filed a federal lawsuit against his former employer, claiming he was unjustifiably fired over a photo of himself posing in Confederate flag underwear during last summer’s swirling debate over the flag and other Confederate symbols.

In his filing, former Sgt. Shannon Dildine wrote that he was aware of the debate, which exploded after a white man charged with shooting nine black people to death at a Charleston church was shown in online photos embracing Confederate symbols and talked about starting a race war.

But Dildine, then an officer with police in North Charleston — about 6 miles north of Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston — said he was on vacation when the shootings happened and wasn’t aware that alleged shooter, Dylann Roof, had been seen in photos glorifying the flag.

The veteran South Charleston officer posted the photo of himself days after Roof allegedly shot the worshippers during a Wednesday night Bible study, saying in his lawsuit he did so “to diffuse a debate that two of his Facebook friends were having over the Confederate flag issue.”

The department contacted Dildine about the photo, which he said he deleted from social media immediately. He was fired days later, told he was being terminated because of the photo.

In his lawsuit against the city, Dildine says that he is not a racist and views the flag as part of his southern heritage. He said a black officer who posted a photo of himself alongside someone wearing a “Black Lives Matter” shirt was not fired or disciplined afterward.

City and police officials didn’t immediately return emails seeking comment Friday afternoon. They have not yet responded to the lawsuit in court filings of their own.

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Southern Baptist Convention votes to condemn Confederate battle flag

The Southern Baptist Convention, once founded as a pro-slavery denomination that aligned itself with the Confederacy, voted Tuesday to condemn the Civil War battle flag of the South.

“It’s not often that I find myself wiping away tears in a denominational meeting, but I just did,” Russell Moore, the prominent evangelical writer who leads the denomination’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, wrote in a blog post after the vote. “Does this change the game as it applies to the crushing issues of racial injustice around us? Of course, it does not. But at the same time, we cannot dismiss this as just about symbols. Symbols matter.”

The resolution was proposed by William Dwight McKissic Sr., a black pastor in Arlington, Tex., who told The Washington Post before the vote Tuesday that he thought it imperative that the Southern Baptist Convention — the United States’ second-largest religious group, after only Catholicism — make a statement about the flag after the slayings in a church in Charleston, S.C., a year ago.

“You can’t take something that is contaminated and make it innocent. I think to honor those nine people in Charleston that were killed, surely you can repudiate what drove Dylann Roof to kill those folks. You say to the black community, we identify with your pain. We share your pain,” McKissic said.

Before the Southern Baptist Convention gathered for its annual meeting Tuesday, McKissic and the denomination’s president, Ronnie Floyd, said they were not sure whether the resolution would make it out of committee, let alone pass a vote. Commenters on McKissic’s website responded with defenses of Southern heritage when he announced he submitted the resolution.

Instead, when the resolution came up for a vote, attendees at the meeting amended the words to make it stronger. Moore said that voters took out a reference to the sense of family history that leads some people to fly the Confederate flag. And where the resolution committee proposed a draft asking that Southern Baptists “limit” use of the flag and “consider” outright removal, the whole group amended that.

The final resolution said: “We call our brothers and sisters in Christ to discontinue the display of the Confederate battle flag as a sign of solidarity of the whole Body of Christ, including our African-American brothers and sisters.”

The denomination’s resolutions are not binding upon churches, but church insiders said nearly every Southern Baptist church abides by them.

Confederate Fishing Derby & BBQ, Junction City Oregon!

Fishing Derby
Greetings Compatriots and Friends,
  The newly formed SCV Rev. Philip Mulkey Camp 2273 of Eugene, Oregon, is putting on a Confederate Fishing Derby and BBQ on Saturday May 21st, 2016. This will be a wonderful day of family fun and good times with fellow SCV members and friends.
Days Schedule:
 
-11:00am – SCV Camp 2273 Adopt-A-Highway cleanup.
-12:00 to 3:00pm – Fishing Derby and BBQ
Location:
Junction City Pond
Contact Info:
 
Camp Commander Chuck Ellis
Camp Adjutant Jan Hicks
  We will be presenting SCV Camp 2273 with their Camp Charter. Any Charter members of the Camp should try to make it, so that you can sign your name on it. Please RSVP with either Commander Ellis, Adjutant Hicks of myself.
Thanks,
Erik Ernst
Commander
SCV Pacific NW Division

SCV Camp 2244 recruiting event success!

SCV Camp 2244 of Nampa, Idaho, held a recruiting event at the Eagle Island War Between the States Reenactment on April 30th, 2016. They passed out numerous applications to join and were exceptionally well received by visitors and reenactors. There were a few people who will definitely be joining their Camp. This was the Camp’s first significant recruiting event. They are planning on being in a local parade this spring.

Keep up the great work brothers!

 

 

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Commander Bland Ballard on left.

Southern Poverty Law Center is directing their hatered at the SCV.

The Southern Poverty Law Center aka SPLC, is taking their quest to eradicate all things Confederate to a whole new level. They are currently organizing rallies, workshops and legal battles against anything Confederate related. It is exceptionally obvious that they are directly attacking what we stand for as members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

They have come up with a comprehensive game plan to take on our members. This plan includes talking points and responses to our usual answers regarding Confederate history and heritage. What we need to do is educate ourselves and be ready to take them on. The following link will send you to the SPLC’s website, where they have a detailed game plan on how to take us on. SPLC Website. We all must read this information and ready ourselves for the upcoming battles we will face.

Confederate Memorial Day service, April 30th! Portland, OR.

Greetings Compatriots and Friends,

  SCV Camp 458 will be having its Confederate Memorial Day service on Saturday, April 30th.  We will be starting meeting at 3pm in front of the Office at River View Cemetery in SW Portland. Once everyone has arrived, we’ll will start off our walking/driving tour. We will be visiting the Gravesides of two Confederates at Greenwood Hills Cemetery, and eight at River View. Our last Grave will be our Camp’s namesake, Col. Isaac W. Smith.

  We are compiling information and tracking down pictures of the Veterans we will be visiting.

  After our Cemetery service, we will convoy to DeNicola’s Italian Restaurant for Dinner. We have the banquet room reserved from 6pm to close. We will have special presentations and a candle lighting service, along with a great meal and fellowship!

  Please invite friends and family to attend. SCV Camp 458 will be providing the Flags for the Veterans. We will be praying that the weather is good that day.
Schedule for Confederate Memorial Day, April 30th:
 
3:00pm: Meet at parking lot at River View Cemetery (0300 SW Taylors Ferry Rd, Portland, OR 97219)
 
3:20pm: Start our Graveside Tour
 
5:00pm: Presentation at Col. Isaac W. Smith’s Grave
 
5:30pm: Head to Restaurant
 
6:00pm: DeNicola’s Italian Restaurant (3520 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202)
 
8:00pm: Finished
  I look forward to seeing all of you there!
Thank You,
Erik Ernst
Commander
SCV Pacific NW Division