The UN Approved Raising the Palestinian and Vatican Flag in NYC

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On Sept 11, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the Palestinian and Vatican flag to be raised at the UN headquarters in New York City.

The resolution allows non-member observer states to raise their flags, although the Vatican has backed away from the effort saying it will not raise the flag during Pope Francis’ visit and instead raise it later this month. They also asked to not be named in the resolution, however the Vatican’s UN Ambassador said that he didn’t object to the Palestinian proposal and respects the assembly’s decision. In May of this year, the Holy See joined over 130 countries in recognizing a Palestinian State.

The United States, Canada, Australia and Israel were among the 7 NO votes. Britain, Germany and the Baltic States abstained. Israel’s UN Ambassador says that this will not advance the prospects for peace and that this was only a “photo op”. The United States and Israel opposes recognition of a Palestinian State because it undermines a peace agreement.

Some might believe that this isn’t a big deal, that it’s just a flag. What must be understood is that symbols are powerful tools in driving policies and perspectives. This is a step in the wrong direction if peace is ever truly going to come.

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The group that inspired Dylann Roof’s massacre also took credit for the Confederate flag flying in SC

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Published to the Confederacy desk.

The Council for Conservative Citizens (CCC) is a neo-Confederate hate group that, we now know, partly inspired Dylann Roof’s massacre of nine black parishoners in South Carolina.

We also know that Roof’s massacre has triggered a fierce debate over whether the Confederate flag should continue to fly over the state’s capitol grounds. Some conservatives would have you believe the two issues are entirely separate: You can oppose Roof’s heinous CCC-inspired crime without demanding the removal of the flag. 

There’s just one problem with that arument: The CCC played a key role keeping the Conferderate flag flying over South Carolina. 

In fact, according to the founder and original leader of the CCC, Gordon Lee Baum, it was “almost entirely” thanks to his group that the Confederate flag still flew in the state capitol.

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