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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: June 2007

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Sons of Confederate Veterans Statement on NAACP

June 16th, 2007, SCV Headquarters, Elm Springs, Columbia, TN –

According to reports in the national press, the NAACP is suffering financial problems and is closing some operations, including all regional offices, and is making staff reductions of 40%.

SCV Commander-in-Chief Christopher M. Sullivan issued the following statement:

“The NAACP has steadily become a political fringe group, whose views are far beyond the mainstream. Because they have repeatedly taken extreme political positions they have become a distorted caricature of their original purpose.

“Recently, the leadership of the NAACP and their political allies like the NCAA have stridently used their remaining clout to attempt to harass Southern businesses and universities in states like South Carolina and Mississippi.

“As they are now learning to their detriment, these positions have become so shrill and discredited that ordinary people are no longer interested in supporting such outrageous posturing.

"Since 1991 when the NAACP passed resolutions condemning Confederate symbols, leading to historic distortions and faulty condemnation of Confederate soldiers and leaders alike, the SCV has been diligent in opposition to what we believe has been a flawed program and unfortunate direction of the NAACP. Our contention has apparently been shared by many who have supported the NAACP in the past.

"We of the Sons of Confederate Veterans extend an invitation to work together in unison to appropriately honor the thousands of blacks who served in Confederate military units.

"We, in SCV, would welcome a friendlier and more cooperative rhetoric by all concerned. The shrill language of hatred and extremism exhibited by the NAACP in the past has harmed the cause of tolerance and benefits no one. The SCV supports a mutual goal toward bringing greater unity and respect for all Americans.

"We stand ready to meet with and discuss meaningful and responsible ideas with the new leaders of the NAACP.

"What better time than now as the NAACP faces new perspectives?"

ACLU, public schools, and Confederate emblems

Randolph Phillips

Courts come down on both sides of the issue when deciding cases of Confederate Emblems in public schools, and as the West Virginia Case showed a few years ago the courts will rule in favor of our Confederate heritage when we have competent lawyers and fair judges.

If a school allows one form of political speech and not others, it will be very hard for them to win their case to suppress the one and not the other. And in fact, often the case can be won without going to court.

A few years back, here in the Harris County Georgia, Middle School some kids were disciplined for wearing Confederate heritage t-shirts by a principal who disliked the confederacy. When the white kids then complained that FUBU and other black-themed clothing was allowed at school, the black kids--who had not complained about the confederate t-shirts--quickly got upset their clothing might also be banned.

As a result, the local Board of Education ruled that both groups of kids could continue to wear their clothing. So far as I know, everyone has lived happily ever after, and it was a wonderful lesson in democracy. Those who wanted to suppress someone else's rights saw their own would be threatened as well, and dropped their objections.

I think supporters of heritage expression have handled their situation badly or not at all in too many instances when confronted with anti-southern school administrators. Every case should be pursued, but the pursuit should be shrewd and informed with good lawyers, if necessary.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Blount: South still has its identity

By Allen Barra - Cox News Service
The Myrtle Beach Sun News

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Malice Toward All, Charity Toward None: The Foundations of the American State

By Thomas J. DiLorenzo

Order this awesome book quoted By Thomas J. DiLorenzo

Walter Brian Cisco's War Crimes Against Southern Civilians is a must-read for anyone who wants to educate themselves about Sherman’s "March to the Sea." (For the cartoonish version, see the History Channel rendition.) The true story is a story of the continued plunder and rape of the civilian population, along with the gang rape of mostly black women by Federal soldiers under Sherman’s command. "Female servants were taken and violated without mercy" by Federal soldiers, wrote a war correspondent.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Sons of Confederate Veterans Respond To United Methodist Resolution

Elm Springs, Tennessee. June 12, 2007

The following statement was released today by Christopher M. Sullivan, Commander-in-Chief, Sons of Confederate Veterans headquartered in Elm Springs, Tennessee:

"We, of the Sons of Confederate Veterans are distressed to learn of the passage by a divided and narrow margin, a resolution by the South Carolina United Methodist Conference regarding the removal of flags at the South Carolina Statehouse grounds.

“Many members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans are also members of the Methodist Church.

“Because of their loyalty to local Methodist affiliations in localities throughout South Carolina, they have not until now, spoken out regarding the divisive leftward slant the church has taken in recent years.

“We are hearing their protests at the headquarters of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and are compelled to address their concerns.

“A large segment of the membership of the United Methodist Church in South Carolina is made up of generations of families who proudly proclaim Confederate veterans in their ancestry. Many of the local church cemeteries are the final resting place for loyal church members and their families, who served the Confederacy.

“As devoted as their love and honor of their ancestors is, they do not believe the church is the place to advance a partisan political agenda. The course described in the controversial resolution ad­vanced by a leftist group at the South Carolina United Methodist Conference is purely a partisan politi­cal issue designed to actively campaign toward changing South Carolina law regarding memorials and flags on the Statehouse grounds. These very same type memorials and flags that are seen on an individ­ual basis in Methodist and other church cemeteries throughout South Carolina and are also similar to the memorials found in practically every county in South Carolina.

“It seems incongruous that this small group of liberal-minded activists would find any pleasure in placing a cloud of hatred over the overwhelming loyal parishioners who seek no more than the peace and love of Christian fellowship. It is understandable why United Methodists are disenchanted and feel the church of their fathers has deserted them. Many communicate to us their disdain for the recent changes in direction perpetrated by a few who seem more interested in substituting the holy gospel in favor of their own Utopian visions toward social change."

Contact information for the South Carolina United Methodist Conference is:
4908 Colonial Drive, Columbia, SC 29203-6070
Telephone: 803 786 9186, or 888 678-6272

Monday, June 11, 2007

Southern traditions

Many Southerners keeping customs alive
By Kenda Williams

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Opinion of Confederate flag not tied to loving S.C.

Contact BOB BESTLER at 222-7590 or
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC

Friday, June 08, 2007

Heritage Violation - War Memorial Flag in Capitol Removed!!


Methodists call for Confederate flag removal

The State, SC

Tuesday, June 05, 2007


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