PETITION LAUNCHED AGAINST ANTI-FLAG ACTIVIST
|| By FITSNEWS || The Citadel – South Carolina’s government-run military college – has had quite the controversial year. First there were questions about the school playing favorites in the 2016 “Republican” presidential primary. Now it’s facing a major controversy over a movement to take the Confederate flag out of its campus chapel.
The drama started when Paul Tamburrino, the vice president of the school’s alumni association, called on the school to “retire the Confederate Naval Jack that hangs in Summerall Chapel to the Citadel Museum.”
Tamburrino’s post came in the aftermath of the “Holy City Massacre” – in which a 21-year-old white male has confessed to murdering nine black parishioners at one of Charleston, S.C.’s most historic black churches.
“The recent tragedy only confirms that it remains a symbol of hate, oppression and intimidation to those who wish to worship in serenity and peace,” Tamburrino added.
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To say Tamburrino’s idea was not warmly received would be an understatement …
In fact shortly after his social media missive was posted an online petition was initiated calling for his removal as a leader of the organization.
“We believe his conduct and actions are immoral, disrespectful, and damaging to the Citadel Alumni Association,” the petition stated. “Mr. Tamburrino has promoted personal opinions under his title as CAA VP and continues to show poor judgement.”
This website has never cared much about the Confederate flag issue, but in light of recent events we’ve reached the conclusion that our indifference to its presence on the S.C. State House grounds (and in other government-funded facilities) is standing in the way of a legitimate belief that the banner is a symbol of hate.
And given that removing the banner poses no imposition whatsoever on anyone else’s liberties … well, it’s time to take it down.