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Texas town removes Pride flag, flies Confederate symbol instead

Texas town removes Pride flag, flies Confederate symbol instead

Pride flag

A town in Central Texas has been at the center of a Pride flag controversy.

Last month, County Judge Ed Smith removed the first national flag of the Confederate States that had been flying on the courthouse lawn of Goldthwaite, a town in Mills County.

The Confederacy symbol had been there for six years.

Someone flew a Pride flag

Smith ordered the Confederacy symbol to be replaced with the Come And Take It flag on 2 March, Texas Independence Day. On that day in 1836, the stated adopted the Texas Declaration of Independence.

‘It was to celebrate Texas Independence Day,’ Smith told the Forth War Star Telegram.

Smith said not everyone was happy with the decision and started ‘vandalizing’ the flag.

Locals started flying other flags alongside the Come And Take It one, including the Pride flag.

Pride flag is a ‘slap on Jesus’

The LBGT flag was flying Sunday Morning April 08, 2019 at the Mills County, Texas Courthouse. Call County Judge Ed…

Posted by Texas Division Sons Of Confederate Veterans on Monday, 8 April 2019

‘The LBGT [sic] flag was flying Sunday Morning April 08, 2019 at the Mills County, Texas Courthouse,’ a post on Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans read.

‘Call County Judge Ed Smith, @ 325-648-2222, or 325- 648-2711, who personally took down the First National Flag that had flown next to the Confederate Soldier Memorial there, peacefully, for 6 years.

‘Let this Carpetbagging Judge know how you feel about this 2nd disrespect of the common soldiers of Mills County, who simply answered the call of their state to defend their homes from invasion.

Anti-LGBTI remarks quickly filled the comment section.

‘Let’s someone in this area get their ass out there and haul down that fag flag,’ one user wrote.

‘That slap on Jesus they should take it down,’ another commented.

The Confederate flag is up again

The flag feud came to an end on 15 April.

Smith explained that there was never formal written approval from the county government for the Confederate flag to fly on the flagpole. That’s why he didn’t think there would be any problem flying the Come And Take It flag.

The judge was the only one voting against restoring the Confederate flag, with the three other county commissioners voting in favor.

Therefore, the Confederate flag will now fly on courthouse grounds 365 days a year.

A victory for Texas history at Mills County Courthouse in Goldthwaite this afternoon!The First National flag is up and flying again as it has for the last 6 years.

Posted by Texas Division Sons Of Confederate Veterans on Monday, 15 April 2019

While other towns across the Us are removing Confederacy symbols, Smith said he has other issues to focus on. He explained it is matters such as the county’s budget and proposed tax rates that require his attention.

‘I’m frustrated but I’m also busy,’ he said.

Come And Take It

The Come And Take It is a historic slogan whose origin dates back to 480 BC during the Battle of Thermopylae between Spartans and Persians.

It is said to have been used during the American Revolution in 1778.

Moreover, Texans used it in reference to a cannon they had received by Mexicans for the defense of the colony of Gonzales in Mexican Texas in 1831. When the Mexicans asked for the cannon back, a small group of Texans resisted them and successfully retained the cannon.

As a symbol of defiance, the Texans had fashioned a flag containing the phrase. The flag features a black star and an image of the cannon that they had received from Mexican officials.

Pro-gun groups have often appropriated the symbol by replacing the cannon with an assault rifle.

See also

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