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house Bill H.R. 3007

Should the Confederate Flag Be Banned From National Cemeteries?

Argument in favor

The Confederate flag represents one of the worst periods of U.S. history — a time of injustice, racial repression, and a war that killed more Americans than any other. It shouldn’t be publicly displayed at federal cemeteries.

jibbs41's Opinion
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07/14/2015
Only the US Flag should be flown at National Cemetaries.
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Steve's Opinion
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07/14/2015
People died for the Confederacy, yes. And if they died for the Confederacy, they shouldn't be buried in national cemeteries, and I can't imagine they would want to be. They fought against the US. Why would they want to be buried in an American cemetery?
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Matthew's Opinion
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07/14/2015
The Confederates were traitors, plain and simple. Why should we even consider their flag be flown? That is about as reasonable as letting someone fly a Nazi flag in our national cemeteries. Hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers lost their lives in the defense of the United States and it is an insult to them.
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Argument opposed

Preventing the Confederate flag from being shown on the two days per year when it is displayed at national cemeteries is not only a waste of Congress' time, but a flagrant lack of respect for a part of this nation's history.

KatieK's Opinion
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07/14/2015
A) The US Constitution protects our freedoms, to include free speech and the right to believe whatever you choose. As Americans, we are guaranteed those rights.
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Vernon's Opinion
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07/14/2015
It's not a racist flag. It's a battle flag and people need to know the truth of its history, not the sketchy revisionist history being written by liberals gland the mainstream media.
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Mark's Opinion
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07/14/2015
When the Nation gets rid of the Rainbow flag and the African [black/red/green] then we can get rid of all flags except The AMERICAN Flag and the M I A flag
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      house Committees
      Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedJuly 9th, 2015

What is House Bill H.R. 3007?

This bill would prohibit the display of the Confederate Battle Flag at national cemeteries operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Currently the VA allows the Confederate Battle Flag to be displayed on Memorial Day and Confederate Memorial Day — as Memorial Day was originally created to honor American casualties of the Civil War.

Impact

People visiting national cemeteries on Memorial Day or Confederate Memorial Day, people with opinions about the confederate flag, veterans, and the VA.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3007

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: The sponsor of this legislation, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) believes that:

“The confederate flag is a symbol of hate and intolerance, and it will be forever associated with the injustices of slavery and Jim Crow. It’s time for the Department of Veteran Affairs to change their policy allowing the Confederate Flag at cemeteries honoring American war heroes. The Confederate flag does not represent the values our veterans fought to defend. It is a painful reminder of a terrible time in our history when we treated human beings as less than.”

A survey conducted by Gallup showed that 54 percent of Americans believe that the Confederate flag represents Southern heritage rather than racism. However, the majority supporting that view has declined from 69 percent in 1992, to 59 percent in 2000, to its current level.


Of Note: Following the murder of nine people at a church in South Carolina — the Confederate flag has been the subject of intense scrutiny and calls for removal on the grounds that it fuels racism. South Carolina’s Governor Nikki Haley signed a law from the state’s legislature banning the flag from the Capitol grounds. Georgia had previously removed the Confederate flag from its state flag in 2001.

Following South Carolina’s decision to remove the flag from its state capitol, the National Association for the Advanced of Colored Persons (NAACP) ended its boycott of the state. The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) also lifted a ban that prevented college sports championships from being contested in the state.

Over 750,000 Americans — both Union and Confederate — were killed during the Civil War, and Confederate casualties accounted for more than 299,000 of the total. That number exceeds the total number of American war dead for all wars excluding the Civil War and World War II, combined.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user shauser)

Official Title

To amend title 38, United States Code, to prohibit the display of the Confederate battle flag in national cemeteries.

    Only the US Flag should be flown at National Cemetaries.
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    A) The US Constitution protects our freedoms, to include free speech and the right to believe whatever you choose. As Americans, we are guaranteed those rights.
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    It's not a racist flag. It's a battle flag and people need to know the truth of its history, not the sketchy revisionist history being written by liberals gland the mainstream media.
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    People died for the Confederacy, yes. And if they died for the Confederacy, they shouldn't be buried in national cemeteries, and I can't imagine they would want to be. They fought against the US. Why would they want to be buried in an American cemetery?
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    The Confederates were traitors, plain and simple. Why should we even consider their flag be flown? That is about as reasonable as letting someone fly a Nazi flag in our national cemeteries. Hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers lost their lives in the defense of the United States and it is an insult to them.
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    No expression of hatred and discrimination should be displayed in public places.
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    When the Nation gets rid of the Rainbow flag and the African [black/red/green] then we can get rid of all flags except The AMERICAN Flag and the M I A flag
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    Stop with the political grandstanding. You don't care if the Confederate Flag is flown or not, this is nothing more than catering to liberal pussies and blacks just to get re-elected. That is exactly what the governor of South Carolina did. She saw this as nothing more than a way to further her political career...period!! Consider this, if a white person dislikes blacks they are racist. But if a black person dislikes whites they are enacting their right to free speech. The Confederate Flag is the same, if I'm white and display the flag I'm racist. If I'm black or a liberal pussy..:now you're getting it.
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    The war is over. You lost. The Confederate Battle Flag should never be used as a badge of honor in National Cemeteries.
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    I have no opinion about this flag. It means nothing to me personally, but to others it represents history and history is neither good nor bad, it's over and done with. America is "land of the FREE." A flag never hurt anyone. People who over step their bounds do. The constitution reserved ones' civil right of self expression without oppression. "Respect" ones' "Privacy" and mind your own business! Harm is creating a battle where there is none.
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    A Confederate soldier has every right to be remembered as an American one.
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    If we have to be so political correct to go into a cemetery where people have been dead for over 100 years and take the flag they fought for just to prove a point we are not racist; then we are a serious problem. What's next? Take away cross or david star gravestones from Normandy beaches and Arlington cemeteries so we don't 'establish a national religion', because that's a symbol too.
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    It is a flag created to honor another country. We should not obliterate from our history but neither should we honor it
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    Sadly with many things, in the wrong hands this has done irreparable harm. We must consider all and in doing so respect those which has and continues to be hurt by the symbolism this flag represents.
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    This flag is historically significant to our country. It is not racist and only represents an army during the civil war. It does not represent what the confederates fought for.
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    Nowhere should part of our history be removed simply because it offends someone!
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    It's part of our country's history. Good or bad. This over- reaction to one radical insane person's unconscionable actions is equally insane. Ha - let's give him even more power by letting his actions taint the symbol of the confederate flag. Not everyone views the flag as a racist symbol, by banning it you are giving those who do even more power.
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    You don't see Swastikas all over Germany.
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    The flag of pro-slavery traitors should not be flown on public or national property. If you wish to fly it, do so on PRIVATE property. The exceptions include only historical grounds, such as battlefields, reenactments, and museums of all kind. We must remember our history, but we shouldn't act like this flag is solely a representation of being a rebel.
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    The confederate flag should not be removed because even though i take pride in the north and currently reside in the north, individuals in south deserve there iconic symbol to signify there region just as the north side as well. So just because someone in the south has a confederate flag dose not mean they support the act of discrimination and the hatred of African Americans but they support there patriotic region where they reside which is the south. In other words you can't blame a citizen in the south for putting a confederate on their property because they had absolutely no control of slavery that occurred in 1800s. The confederate flag exemplifies an iconic symbol for southern citizens to express there passion in where they reside
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