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Gunn gets vote on confederate flag as church messenger

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By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, who surprisingly broke with the majority of the state’s Republican leadership last summer when he endorsed changing the Mississippi flag, got to vote on the issue recently. Gunn was a “messenger” for his church, Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton, to the Southern Baptist Convention earlier this month. At the ...

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Southern Baptists oppose Confederate flag, talk racial unity

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The Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday urged Christians to stop displaying the Confederate battle flag, recognizing that it is perceived by many as a “symbol of hatred, bigotry and racism” that offends millions of people. The resolution, originally presented by African-American Pastor Dwight McKissic, had stirred debate and led to at least one call to withdraw it. The version presented to thousands ...

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House would ban Confederate flags on VA cemetery flagpoles

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The House voted on Thursday to ban the display of the Confederate flag on flagpoles at federal veterans’ cemeteries. The 265-159 vote would block descendants and others seeking to commemorate veterans of the Confederate States of America from flying the Confederate Battle Flag over mass graves on the two days a year that flag displays are permitted. California Democrat Jared ...

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Updated flag lawsuit says rebel emblem ‘vestige’ of slavery

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An attorney is making additional arguments in a federal lawsuit that seeks to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi flag. In papers filed Thursday, Carlos Moore says the emblem violates the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which outlawed slavery. He says the emblem used by some Confederate troops during the Civil War is a “vestige” of slavery. ...

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Lawsuit seeks to remove Confederate-themed Mississippi flag

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A federal lawsuit against Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant seeks to eliminate the nation’s last state flag with the Confederate battle emblem. In the suit filed Monday, attorney Carlos Moore of Grenada, Mississippi, said the flag is “state-sanctioned hate speech” that makes him and other African-Americans fear for their lives. He is asking a judge to remove the flag and declare ...

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Lawmaker: Confederate sign on Mississippi flag a ‘disgrace’

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JACKSON — A longtime black state lawmaker says the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is a “disgrace” and needs to be removed. Democratic Sen. David Jordan of Greenwood also says the flag is an embarrassment to more than 1 million African-Americans who make up nearly 38 percent of Mississippi’s population. He spoke Thursday as more than 200 people ...

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Greenville City Council votes to remove state flag

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GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council has voted to remove the Mississippi state flag from all city properties and buildings. The Delta Democrat-Times reports council member voted 4-2 Tuesday in favor of removing the flag. Mississippi law does not compel cities to fly the state flag, which may be displayed from all public buildings. Council members voted after hearing from ...

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State flag to no longer fly on Washington County properties

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GREENVILLE — The state flag of Mississippi will no longer fly on Washington County properties. The Delta Democrat-Times reports the Washington County Board of Supervisors voted Monday 3-2 in favor of removing the flag, which features a Confederate emblem, from county properties. The Concerned Ministers and Citizens of Washington County had been petitioning for the removal of the flag over ...

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University students discuss Mississippi flag at campus forum

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COLUMBUS — Students and members of the community gathered at a Mississippi University for Women forum to discuss the state’s flag. The Commercial Dispatch reports Monday’s forum was put together by the school’s Student Government Association. Following a brief lecture on the history of Mississippi’s state flags, students were given the chance to ask questions about its current flag. Some ...

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OTHER VIEWS — Legislature scared to take on flag issue

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With last week’s actions at two of the state’s largest universities, it is becoming clear that Mississippi may be setting itself up for an angry, bitter, divisive and messy fight over the state flag that it really doesn’t need. Last Monday, University of Mississippi officials quietly took down the state flag, which includes the controversial Confederate battle emblem, at the ...

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