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Letters to the editor – Wednesday (7-8-15)

Proud of heritage, Confederate flag

If the Confederate Flag is banned, then it’s time to change our currency.

George Washington ($1 bill) Thomas Jefferson ($2 bill) and Union General Grant ($50 bill) were all slave owners.

Will the Bible be banned next? Slavery is mentioned many times in the Bible, which predates the Confederacy by over a thousand years. (Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT: “However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way.”)

Two of my great-grandfathers were in the Confederate Army, one of whom was captured at Gettysburg and died in prison at Point Lookout, Maryland. He and his four brothers were all Confederate soldiers. Of the five, only two survived the war.

I am proud of my heritage, as everyone should be. Let us all enjoy our freedom and, as Americans, fly the flags of our heritage. But most importantly, remember to honor the Stars and Stripes! May God bless all Americans!

— Melanie Chilson

Salisbury

 

Faith parade misused US flag

I was very disappointed to see the July 5 Salisbury Post front-page picture of the Faith Fourth of July parade and the disrespect being shown for the American flag. I would think that parade organizers would realize that the flag should not be used as it was.

Laws relating to the flag are found in the United States Code, Title 4, Chapter 1. To quote from the code on position and manner of display, part a: “The flag should not be displayed on a float in a parade except from a staff …” and in part b: “The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle …” Also in the section on respect for the flag, part b: “The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise “ and part d: “The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery …”

To read more about the Flag Code go to: http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagcode.htm

I would hope that in the future, the parade organizers would be more careful and observant to ensure the American flag is given the respect it deserves.

— Bill Behrendt

Salisbury

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