May 23, 2005
The Public Display of the Confederate Flag
The Confederate Battle Flag's design has been a widely debated and argued issue in the southeast part of the United States. Why is the flag considered a racist symbol? Those opposed to the individual statehouses flying the flag go to extensive lengths to get the practice stopped. However, others feel that the states are losing a part of their history when the flags are forcibly removed. While political correctness is important in this country, there are good reasons why the flags design should not be destroyed. This discussion is centered on the design of the Confederate Battle Flag but what is important to understand is that there appears to be a double standard being applied, sometimes in ignorance, sometimes blatantly towards this issue. The history of the flags design will be discussed, what the flag stands for, and how the flag should be viewed in today's modern times.
Three Arguments for the Restoration of the Confederate Flag
The Confederate Flag (or Southern Cross) can trace its origins all the way back to the time of Jesus Christ. The flag was originally designed to represent the principles of personal freedom and a small national government, unlike the United States. The "X" design on the flag comes from the symbol for St. Andrew of Scotland. Andrew was an apostle of Jesus Christ, who, according to tradition, was responsible for spreading the Christian faith throughout Greece and Asia Minor. (Gittings 2002) Around 69 AD, when Andrew was approx. 85 years old, he was put to death by the Roman government for spreading the gospel of Christ. As with many criminals during the Roman control, Andrew was executed via the cross. Being...