Freedom of Speech and the Confederate Flag
While I am leading a Civil War battlefield tour this coming week for thirteen students another school group will visit Washington, D.C. to observe the Supreme Court in action. As many of you know beginning on Monday morning the court will consider the case of Walker vs. Sons of Confederate Veterans. The case essentially turns on whether the state of Texas has the right to control the messages on its vanity license plates. The SCV plate includes a Confederate flag.
I hope and expect that the court will rule in favor of free speech. Perhaps such a ruling will result in states doing away with vanity plates altogether to avoid these situations. The case makes for strange bedfellows as I find myself largely in agreement with H.K. Edgerton, though I would not be surprised to learn that he is not the author of this editorial.
Having read a few postings on the Confederate heritage pages I want to make one thing clear. A ruling in favor of the SCV is not a victory for Confederate heritage or for individuals who consider themselves to be still fighting their ancestor’s war.
Regardless of how the court rules, it will be a VICTORY FOR OUR CONSTITUTION AND THE RULE OF LAW.