Like many Southern boys, I grew up with two flags hanging in my room — an American flag and a Confederate battle flag. The American flag was enormous, taking up much of one wall. It was the "1776" flag, with 13 stars in a circle in the field of blue. My grandmother bought it for me on the bicentennial, and for years it was a treasured possession. The flag took on a special meaning later in life, when I learned more of a family history that included service with General Washington, suffering at Valley Forge.
The Confederate battle flag was much smaller, and it hung over my bookshelf. We bought it at the Shiloh battlefield in Tennessee, where one of my Confederate ancestors fought and where Albert Sidney Johnston died — the general that many considered the great hope of the Confederate Army in the West. My Confederate forefathers went on to fight at Vicksburg, at the battles of Franklin and Nashville, and in countless skirmishes across Tennessee and Mississippi. I grew up looking at old family pictures, including men who still wore their Confederate uniform for formal portraits — long after the war had ended.
Like many Southern families', my family's military story didn't end with the Civil War — it continued on to World War I, the European theater in World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and then to my own recent deployment during the Surge in Iraq. The martial history of our family is inseparable from the family story, and it includes men in gray. more >>
A pattern is beginning to emerge regarding gunmen who go on shooting rampages, and it's bad news for the left and their values. Deranged shooter Jared Loughner, who shot former Congresswoman Gabbie Giffords in 2011, was a creepy leftist. Sandy Hook school shooter Adam Lanza spent all day addicted to violent video games, had no contact with his father and only communicated with his mother through email. Last week, 21-year-old loner Dylann Roof senselessly shot and killed nine people in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Somewhere along his life, someone stopped caring about Roof's education. He was allowed to drop out of ninth grade, and at the time of the shootings was unemployed. He had been arrested for petty crimes after getting caught with drugs.
The radicalization of Roof appeared to start when he bought into the left's mantra of blacks and other minorities vs. whites. In what is believed to be Roof's manifesto, he says the race wars stirred up by the Trayvon Martin shooting were what influenced him. After searching on the Internet for answers, he came across white supremacist websites that further incited his developing racism. more >>
Lone gunman Dylan Roof, 21, who shot and killed nine Christians during a Bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston Wednesday, purportedly boasted to friends about his plans to "kill a bunch of people," but later confessed to police he "almost didn't go through with it because everyone was so nice to him."
Roof was captured in Shelby, North Carolina, during a traffic stop on a tip from a local woman named Debbie Dills who said of the apprehension of Roof, "God had his hand in it." In an NBC interview, the woman claimed not to be a hero but only "a willing vessel."
Dill said she spent a lot of time praying for the church and victims before she spotted the suspicious black sedan while commuting to work. After the tip, police almost immediately apprehended the suspect. more >>
As June rolls on, many Americans are waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to deliver a landmark decision on whether or not states can ban gay marriage.
Many legal experts believe the court will strike down the bans, thus declaring gay marriage a constitutional right.
Although it's a landmark decision and while many might see it as the end of the debate, a quick survey of American history shows that landmark Supreme Court decisions can be a little overrated on the landmark part. more >>
Like most Americans I woke up this morning to the news of another attack on a Black church. Nine people were shot to death during bible study in Charleston, South Carolina. This time, the alleged shooter is a 21-year-old white male who looks like he wouldn't harm a fly.
While the motives for the attacks are still unclear, and under investigation, early reports indicate that this was another hate crime. FBI statistics from 2013 show, of 3,407 single biased hate crime incidents, 66% were motivated by anti-black or African American bias.
Black churches have been under attack for hundreds of years, dating back to slavery. Be it bombings during the civil rights movement, or Black churches being set on fire, the Black church has been under perpetual attack since its inception. Why is a place that is supposed to be a sanctuary constantly under attack by people who want to exercise their racial hatred? How can people be that evil to go to a house of worship to murder and vandalize? more >>
In the wake 21-year-old Dylan Roof being identified as the gunman who killed nine worshipers at a historic black church in South Carolina Wednesday night, a 30-year-old gospel musician posted a message on Roof's since-deleted Facebook page encouraging him to seek salvation in Jesus Christ.
After Roof was identified as the target of a massive police manhunt, Marcus Stanley, a gospel artist who's originally from Norfolk, Virginia, quickly found Roof's Facebook page before it was taken down for security reasons.
IJReview reported that Stanley commented on Roof's profile photo and explained that although Roof committed such a heinous crime, he doesn't view him through a lens of hatred but rather through a lens of love. more >>