Episcopals struggle with history of Confederate symbols

View Map

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Churches are among institutions wrestling with Confederate symbols and imagery in a national debate that follows recent eruptions of violence.

It's in part the continuation of a conversation sparked when self-avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine African-American parishioners during a Bible study at Charleston, South Carolina, church in 2015. Roof was seen brandishing a Confederate flag in photographs that surfaced after his arrest.

Many churches date to Civil War times and beyond and found themselves on the side of the pro-slavery South when their sons marched off to war. The war ended, as did slavery -- but not the racism.

Now, houses of worship nationwide are grappling with the question of what to do with emblems dotting their parishes memorializing the former slaveholding states and their battle heroes.



 
The comment sections of our web set are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from the viewers but we are not obligated to post comments we feel inappropriate or violate our guidelines. Here are some of the criteria you should follow when posting comments:

Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. Children and families visit this site. We will delete comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.

We will delete all comments using hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our web site.

Comments should not attack other readers personally.

We will delete comments we deem offensive, in bad taste, or out of bounds. We are not obligated to post comments that are rude or insensitive.

We do not edit user-submitted comments.

As a host WEAU 13 News welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However, we have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason WEAU 13 News reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
powered by Disqus