Although my accent is weak — blame it on too much television as a child — I am a Southern girl. My roots are in the south, and I have spent a lot of time this summer tracing my family tree. I have discovered that in my family tree I have Revolutionary War soldiers and Confederate Soldiers. Just this morning, found that the plantation home of my great-great-great-great-grandfather was used in the filming of The Color Purple. I like to think that had I been alive in the early 1800s I would have been an abolitionist, a conductor on the Underground Railroad, but I cannot be certain. While I don’t agree with my ancestors, I am not ashamed of them. This is in the past, and the past should stay in the past. With that said, the “Stars and Bars” should stay there too. I have no issue with this flag being in a museum or in a historical piece of art, but it should not be flying ANYWHERE in the United States today unless it is part of a reenactment.
I was in Washington, DC last week, and I have to say that it was pretty exciting to be there when the Supreme Court ruled that banning gay marriage is a violation of our 14th Amendment. I was raised in the Christian faith; I married in a Christian church; and I have raised my children to be Christian. With that said, I am a believer in the separation of church and state, a phrase coined by Jefferson when discussing our First Amendment. With the decision last week, our high court upheld the ideals established by our founding fathers. In no way does two men or two women marrying each other threaten my faith or my own marriage.
All of this to me is common sense…this and airport security…but we’ll save that for another post!