After Dylann Roof opened fire on churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, the news coverage became dominated by a discussion not of the cultural malaise that helped produce the troubled young man, but by a flag.
Upon rummaging through roof’s life, the media discovered several photos. One was of Roof burning and American flag. Another was of Roof simply holding a Confederate Flag. The liberal media seized upon the Confederate Flag as a symbol that incites violence and both the left and the centrist right joined together in a fit of hysteria to call for bans, boycotts and condemnation of the Confederate Flag which, they alleged, helped to spur the racial hatred that caused the deaths of nine churchgoers.
Now, we are left in a very similar situation. After Vester Lee Flanagan, who used the on-air name Bryce Williams during his struggling career as a journalist — a black homosexual — gunned-down his former colleagues, he cited his supposed victim status as his motivation. Feeling marginalized as a black man and a homosexual, Flanagan felt he could strike-back at the straight, white colleagues he despised.
On Wednesday, police raided Flanagan’ apartment and discovered, among other things, a rainbow “gay pride” flag.
So, the question now is: when do we get to banning the hateful rainbow flag?
Of course, some would suggest that the rainbow flag is merely a symbol of pride in one’s identity. However, though many said the same exact thing about the Confederate Flag, such utterances did not spare the “Stars’n’Bars” from the pitchfork-wielding mob that demanded it’s barring from polite society.
Many view the rainbow flag as a symbol of anti-Christian hate and it is easy to see why. Though marriage has stood for thousands of years, homosexual crusaders have successfully sought the legal means to adulterate the institution and those who resist have been targeted by the government for their unwillingness to succumb to the secular definition of marriage.
In truth, we can only speculate as to how passionately Roof identified with the Confederate Flag. In the case of Flanagan, there is no such speculation as he spelled-out in unambiguous terms that he was purposely lashing-out at the straight white people who he felt had victimized him.
The two situations are tragic but analogous. If we are forced to endure a national discussion about the Confederate Flag because some nutcase misappropriated it’s meaning, are we not equally obliged to engage in a lengthy discussion concerning the rainbow flag that serves as a symbol of hatred?
Until American culture and government cleanses itself of this hate-fueled rainbow flag, until Amazon and a variety of companies refuse to offer it for sale, those who hysterically called for the banning of the Confederate Flag must fully admit and reveal themselves to be nothing more than hypocrites.
Or, alternatively, we can all grow-up and admit that all expression is okay and that the actions of an occasional whacko does not require a cultural jihad.