Petition to restore Confederate Flag in AL blows away petition to remove it

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Wednesday morning Governor Robert Bentley gave a order to remove the Confederate Flag from state capitol grounds.

Shortly thereafter a Change.Org petition to reinstate the flags was started by Phillip Giddens from Gadson. This petition as of the time this article went live was at 8,393 (June 25, 9:28am CST).

The petition states:

Mr. Bentley, after learning of your call to action to remove the Confederate flags from the State buildings this morning, it’s obvious to us, as citizens of this great state, that we, as your constituents, were not consulted. In efforts for political correctness, it seems that you have offended those in your own backyard. As an elected official, it is your job to act on our behalf, and we were surprised, to say the least, to know that you acted hastily and chose to not be a voice for those without your plaform. Return our flags. Do not apologize for our history and do not give into media propaganda. The South, and especially Alabama, is above conformity. Honor the past of those you represent. Give us back our flags.

 

Another petition to remove the flags was started by Ralph Young of Birmingham last Friday it currently has 235 signatures. This petition states:

Governor Bentley, it’s time to move Alabama forward. As we join the 21st-century economy, let’s not hamper growth with symbols that may be misinterpreted. I’m talking about the Alabama Capitol’s Confederate Battle Flag. Yes, to some this flag represents southern pride and heritage but many see it as a symbol of hate, separation, and segregation. As you recruit industries from around the world, let’s present a forward-looking, unified Alabama. Governor, do the right thing and remove the flag from Capitol grounds.

Based on the governor’s statement yesterday it seems doubtful the petition to restore the flags will move him.

See first update to this story here: “15,000 signatures and counting for petition to have Governor Bentley restore flag”

Second update to this story including photos of Saturday’s rally can be found here.

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252 Comments

  1. That flag has nothing to do with racism. Even the pastor that was killed voted to keep their flag up. What a whimp.

  2. Return the Confederate Flags to the monument to honor the soldiers that died defending Alabama!

  3. Old Glory got its name in 1831. It is also the Old Glory that marched thousands of Indians down the Trails of Tears. Again thousands of Indians died on our soil because of political hate under the flying of Old Glory. The Confederate battle flag is potrayed as a symbol of hate, why not Old Glory as well. Try this argument again.

  4. Dennis M. Williams on

    Shameful that this lame duck governor made this decision about our flag without the people of Alabama having any say. He wants to raise taxes as oppose to letting the state have a lottery to balance the budget. I’m embarrassed that I voted for this POS!!! Hope he has a short retirement…

  5. Michael, first off you have your opinion. But I am calling the kettle black on you buddy. You worship things outside of the Bible and GOD too … If you want to say the Confederate Flag represents whatever then great. But what’s next? The American Flag too? It also flew during slavery days. KKK used it on their rallies. If it represents us here in the US then it also represents the present day of corruption of many things like government, mafias and the killing of thousands of Natives in our history. The point I am making is our country is born on the values that we have the freedom of speech and freedom of expression. It’s oxymoron’s like you that join the progressive band wagon to change things to make a point and take away that freedom for others. Some don’t see it as being what you describe. Did it happen, sure. But like the American Flag, others look at it as Southern Pride. How do you feel about the rainbow flag? Does it conform to your statement of the Bibles teachings? Are you racist against gays? I am not all about the Bible like your are, I am living on this rock that goes abound the sun like all of us. I don’t care to get into the PC correctness that this president has introduced into our society like all the other sheeple out there. I live a fun redneck life treating everyone with respect no matter what color or sexual orientation. My thought is live and let live. But you do serve a second master by working to pay him taxes and listen to his laws. So don’t preach something that is a not true. Have your opinion, that’s ok. But don’t push it on others … you will find when it happens to you, you will then understand what I am saying. Also don’t believe everything you read on the internet, it makes you more the the oxymoron than you know.

  6. Donna Hale-Goforth on

    It’s a part of history and shouldn’t be removed, no more than our American Flag!!!

  7. DARRIN & LINDA McCRORY on

    ALOT OF GOOD MEN FAUGHT AND DIED FOR THAT FLAG….BLACK AND WHITE…. LET THEM REST IN PEACE KNOWING THAT IT WAS NOT FOR NOTHING. WE’VE ALOT MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT.

  8. Mary Mashburn on

    You don’t like our Southern Heritage you can leave the South. Northerners owned slaves also blacks owned slaves.

  9. I was married to a southern man fro south Carolina lived there for several months.to take away there flag would be a disgrace. every state has there oun flag,leave things as they are.they as we northeners are proud of there heritage,

  10. Ronald G. Spitzley Sr. on

    I’m originily from the north & moved to Slidell,LA. in 2007 & I love it here…. People are so kind & polite & considerate !!! Especiallt twards the elderly….. I say keep the flag flying & keep all that pertains to the South going.. All I see is that the Govt. is taking ones heritage & beliefs away from them… I also see that this country is being by a bunch of communist… This is how I feel… We have NO FREEDOM @ all !!! So PLEASE put the flags & all Southern Historical items back where they belong… Thank ya’ll….

  11. Elliott Cumnmings on

    In the name of my great great uncle John Thomas Duke who died serving with the 5 th Alabama Infantry, during the War Between the States , I respectfully ask that you return the Confederate Flag to the Alabama Capital building .

  12. Cindy Sanches on

    I just can’t believe y’all removed it in the first place. Get you Spine back, remove that yellow stripe down y’all’s back!

  13. Iams a bible believer myself my 1st is my god n Lord n saviour Jesus Christ . Our Rebel Flag does not represent hate . The X on the rebel Flag came from a country that spells Christ with n X . Has people forgotten wat the south stands for n wat we’ves always been called . Well Lets me reminds ya ( the Bible Belt ) if we represented hate why ,Why people why would we the south 13 states be called the bible belt . Well people I believes in my bible n I do stands behind my ancestors who fought for us under that flag . Just like today I stands behinds our service men n women who has n is fighting for us . Even at same time people Slavery had started ending during the patriot war . Blacks had fought for there freedom during the patriot war. People all this is is away for Obama to gain more control. We all needz to become United once again n fets him out before were destoried here in America anynore . Everytime he gets something like this started up vetween all of us hes doing sumthing up to nogood on sumthing else.

  14. Chuck Pounds on

    Part of history it’s what made us today, everybody not going to be, I don’t like these black leaders saying time to kill the white people, that’s a threat what’s being done, nothing,

  15. barry templeton on

    The flag has a bad rap as a symbol of hate and white supremacists…NOT TRUE….Get it straight ….. check out the history not the propaganda…

  16. James David Phelps on

    put the Flag Back up Be Southern Proud!! The Flag Never hurt any one; The people that use our Flag as Syblem of Hate dont Under stand; Take the Flag away them; not us; Southern Born an Southern Proud!!

  17. Cherhonda Gilliam on

    My ancestors fought bravely under this flag. Some even gave their lives. It’s not right to totally remove the flag from everywhere. Shame on google and amazon from falling prey to false teachings. Everyone that thinks it’s ALL about race.. You need a history lesson!

  18. Frank Baxley on

    Leave my Confederate Flag alone take down them gay flags if your gonna take down Veterans of this land the fought the British as well Happy 4TH of July

  19. April Hargadon on

    notice u wrote battle flag, that is what it is, no hate, racism,a battle flag, leave it alone,people r getting crazy with their racist acts, and now everything offends them, my butt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, u want to be heard, get with ur group, the rest of us don’t want to hear ur crys

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