Please forgive my tardiness in publishing this week's newsletter. Our trip to South and Central America was productive but not so pleasant for my wife as she fell in Honduras a week ago Friday and not wanting to be taken to a hospital in that country underscored her pain until we got home.
We arrived home on Monday night and x-rays revealed a broken collar bone and 6 broken ribs. She is still in a lot of pain and the last week has been spent attending to her and taking her to appointments. I have not had a lot of office time and then there is all the work I need to "catch up" on since I was away for 11 days. I am also just now coming to speed on what has happened heritage wise in my absence.
So this week's newsletter will be a bit eclectic.
If you ordered a video from one of the last two week's newsletters it was shipped out on Wednesday.
Today I just posted an online store of sorts. We'll call it the Dixie Heritage Christmas shopping page. Books and DVDs - all at REDUCED prices. The prices include shipping. Give these heritage books and DVDs as gifts to others or yourself this Christmas. Here is the Link:
DIXIE HERITAGE BOOKSTORE
Place your order by Dec 15th and receive it in time for Christmas!
Here is another link. It is to the trivia questions posted at Trivia Today about the Gettysburg Address:
During my trip I had limited access to eMail. But there were a few days when I was able to access my messages and below is one that really disturbed me:
It was reported on Monday, November 23, 2015 that Historic St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Richmond was setting about to ERASE the history of its Congregants with a Confederate connection by removing, out of site, many of the memorial plaques on display in the sanctuary, especially those that included the "Southern Cross" Battle Flag. Article here: http://www.richmond.com/life/faith-values/article_c63ecfcc-b7ae-589b-aac5-e9142ac7475f.html
This decision is a slap in the face to the 70,000,000 descendants of Confederate Veterans whose forbearers loved, served and were protected by the Southern Cross, especially those who were Episcopalians.
Targeted for removal are commemorative plaques to Gen. Robert E. Lee who attended the Church when he lived in Richmond after the War, as well some to the Jefferson Davis Family. (Pres. Davis was attending THIS church the morning he received news that the defensive lines had broken, and that he and the CSA government should evacuate.)
In case you've not been there, the Church took an inventory of the 'offensive" Confederate tainted memorabilia, and you can see it here: http://www.stpaulsrva.org/download_file/view/587/
Unfortunately, the problems are farther reaching than just St. Paul's Church. It was reported, and has been confirmed, that in June, the Church passed a resolution banning the display of any Confederate Battle flag in any Episcopalean Church. Read Resolution DO44 Here:
http://www.generalconvention.org/gc/2015-resolutions/D044/current_english_text Some will remember that the Sons of Confederate Veterans was scheduled to hold a memorial service here, but at the last minute, was turned away.
In short, this Resolution MUST be rescinded, and the ERACISM at St. Paul's must be reversed NOW!
We must make our voices heard!
Here are a couple of quick actions you can take today to help:
1. Sign a petition here: https://www.change.org/p/the-rev-wallace-adams-riley-the-rev-molly-bosscher-the-rev-melanie-mullen-st-paul-s-episcopal-church-stop-the-eracism
2. Forward this email and/or the petition on to your friends, family, fellow camp members, other Episcopalians, lovers of American History, Veterans, etc, and ask them to sign, including sharing on your and their social media.
3. If you are a Episcopalian, you can let your Pastor and fellow Congregants know that you are unhappy with this disharmonious Resolution.
4. Contact the Rector of St. Paul's and share your opinion. His contact info is: The Rev. Wallace Adams-Riley (804) 643-3589 X 5001; e-mail: email@example.com
Tell the Rev. Adams-Riley to stop Erasing the history of its Congregants! Although the good works of the Episcopal Church are appreciated, this "Eracism" is disrespecting your family and that you are offended, and that the Church should re-consider this decision.
For more information please contact David McCallister, Florida Heritage Operations Chairman at 813-778-1202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a little over a year now it has been my privilege to serve on the Board of Directors for the Florida Confederate Memorial Wall (FCMW). This is a great project helping to recognize our ancestors with a traveling memorial very similar to the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The following was published by our FCMW Vice-President:
As Vice President for the Board of Directors I am permitted to deliver the following announcement. Starting today November 17 the FCMW will be available to all organizations, camps, heritage groups who have the same duty of honouring our ancestors.
4,265 soldiers posted on the 10 panels are directly associated with the Great State of Florida which voted Articles of Secession on January 10 1861.
A one time donation of 500.00 will entitle each camp, org. etc to unlimited use of the Wall. Only restrictions are reserve dates on a first come basis. It is our desire to make this offer so that public display will energize the public and promote historical fact .
I am the contact person and welcome all inquiries with this announcement.
Forward the Colours
VP Board of Directors
I received another eMail in my absence telling me that a local businessman standing for our heritage had received a favorable decision in Federal court. He is being sued by CAIR (a Muslim activist group). We had reported about his being attacked by Muslims in previous issues. I do not have time to write an update to those stories so I will just post the AP Wire on the matter below:
'Muslim Free' gun shop owner takes aim after judge tosses lawsuit against him
A federal judge has quashed a lawsuit filed by a Muslim advocacy organization against a Florida gun shop owner who made headlines this summer by declaring his business a "Muslim Free Zone."
The suit, filed in July by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), argued that the exclusionary measure amounted to religious discrimination and violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The suit asked the a federal court for an injunction against the store. But according to the Tampa Bay Times, U.S. District Court Judge Beth Bloom ruled that "she did not have the authority to make a decision on the case" because, the newspaper reported, the store's policy "did not present an imminent and concrete threat to Muslim people."
Reached by telephone Monday, Andy Hallinan - the owner of Florida Gun Supply in Inverness, Fla. - told The Washington Post that the suit was "a joke."
"The only reason they filed this was to keep money coming from their supporters and to keep their group in the headlines," he said. "It backfired and they look like idiots now."
Thania Clevenger, the Civil Rights Director for CAIR Florida, said her organization lost because of legal standing, not because of the merit of its argument.Comparing the "Muslim-free" sign to Jim Crow-era businesses having "whites only" signs on their front doors, she said the fight is "far from over."
"The bottom line is we actually find the opinion from the judge to be in our favor," Clevenger said, noting that the order says that Title II of the Civil Rights Act is designed to address similar circumstances. "We'll be filing an appeal or other type of motion to have the case reconsidered. It's very early on in the proceedings."
Clevenger said CAIR has 15 to 30 days to file its next motion.
Hallinan originally declared his business a "Muslim-Free Zone" in a video posted on YouTube that showed the 28-year-old standing in front of a Confederate flag, explaining that his decision was inspired by the Chattanooga shootings. In the video, Hallinan said he refused to arm and train anyone who wished to harm his "fellow patriots."
To pay his legal bills, Hallinan teamed up with George Zimmerman to sell a series of prints of a Confederate flag painting by Zimmerman. The painting included the inscription, "The 2nd protects our 1st," which Zimmerman described as a "double entendre." The proceeds were supposed to be split evenly among the two men.
In his latest video, posted on Facebook after the lawsuit against him was thrown out, Hallinan refers to the members of CAIR as "terrorists" and says "justice has been served."
"We're not selling Barbie dolls here, we're selling firearms and we need to make sure we're putting guns in people's hands that are going to do good things in the community with them - like keeping peace, not blowing people up."
Hallinan goes on to reveal Muslim-free-zone bumper stickers and shooting targets depicting an armed man in a turban. The targets encourage shooters to aim at the crotch area.
"What's the difference between a jihadi and E.T.?" Hallinan asks in the video. "Yeah, E.T. got the message and went home."
In NEW News:
Prefiled bill would put Confederate flag to referendumThe Confederate Flag may fly in South Carolina again?
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - The South Carolina House of Representative's first set of prefiled bills includes a referendum to ask voters if the Confederate flag should go back up on State House grounds.
The bill, proposed by state Rep. Chris Corley, would include a question on the November 2016 ballot about the placement of the flag.
According to the resolution, the referendum would ask: "Do you favor flying the South Carolina Infantry Battle Flag of the Confederate States of America at its former location in 2015 adjacent to the Confederate Soldier Monument on the grounds of the State Capitol Complex together with the same type of flagpole and fencing as formerly existed rather than at its present location in the Confederate Relic Room?"
Corley, a Republican from Graniteville, was one of the fiercest opponents to removing the flag from State House grounds in the wake of the Charleston Church Shooting.
During the special session regarding the flag, Corley proposed raising a white flag in its place and calling it the "Official Flag of the Republican Party," exclaiming to his fellow lawmakers that the party seemed to have given up.
Corley's proposal is an advisory referendum, meaning the General Assembly would not be required to put the flag back up if the majority of voters chose "yes."
Corley is also generating controversy for a Christmas card he sent to fellow Republican legislators this year telling them to ask for forgiveness to God for their "betrayal" in removing the flag.
The 142 prefiled bills also include seven proposals for stricter gun laws, a proposal for a statue in Marion Square in Charleston to honor the Emanuel Nine, and a bill which would invalidate the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage made earlier this year.
Both the House and Senate can prefile more bills next week.
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