Ban the Confederate Flag sign now

The Confederate Battle Flag is tearing apart the very fabric of our society. Yet many Americans are ignorant of its impact and apathetic about the need to control this menace.


Defenders of the Confederate Battle flag argue that it is part of their heritage and is not harmful and thus should not be regulated or banned. But 9/11 has shown the profound effects Anti-American symbols can have on human behavior.


For decades, communities have struggled to define just what symbols are so offensive as to be legally obscene, and to delineate limits on the government's ability to regulate such symbols.


Courts have ruled that speech having even the slightest redeeming social importance -- unorthodox views, controversial views, even unpopular ideas hateful to the prevailing climate of public opinion -- have the full protection of the Constitution, unless excludable because they encroach upon the limited area of more important interests. But implicit in the history of the First Amendment is the rejection of allowing citizens to celebrate any act of treason against the United States as utterly without redeeming social importance.


Displaying a Confederate Battle flag is patently offensive because it affronts contemporary community standards relating to the description or representation of treason; and the symbol is utterly without redeeming social value.


While almost everyone would agree that merely categorizing of the Confederate Battle flag as "obscene" is insufficient justification for such a drastic invasion of personal liberties. Most people would discern that if the First Amendment means anything, it means that a State has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his own house, what symbols he may display or worship. Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. However, that man does not have the right to display that obscene symbol in plain view of the entire public, if that symbol violates community standards.


Nothing in the First Amendment requires that a jury must consider hypothetical and unascertainable "community standards" when attempting to determine whether certain symbols are obscene as a matter of fact. ... It is neither realistic nor constitutionally sound to read the First Amendment as requiring that the people residing in the city of Palm Coast accept public depiction of conduct found tolerable in rural and less sophisticated areas, such as Bunnell (where the Klan has historically had a presence).


Prohibiting the display of the Confederate Battle flag within residential zones or near churches, parks, or schools is justified, and would pass constitutional muster, because it is not primarily designed to prohibit the free expression of the content of the symbols, but rather designed to reduce the "secondary effects" of publicly celebrating treason on the surrounding communities, such as increased crime and terrorism.


Can you imagine children standing in a classroom citing the "Pledge of Allegiance" and then gazing out of their classroom window and seeing a symbol that violates that pledge of allegiance?

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Latest Signatures

  • 02 December 2015250. Toothless Trailerdwellingr
    Hating black people is just a tiny part of what our flag means to us. We also hate America and want to celebrate the largest collective act of treason against a national authority, Address - City, State Trailer Park, lot D
  • 27 October 2015249. Norman S
    Keep our Battle Flag flying, If it is proper to ban offensive flags shouldnt the Flag that actually flew over the slave ships and Klan rallies be the one to look at? The one I am speaking of would be the Stars and Stripes, not any Confederate Flag. Addres
  • 19 October 2015248. National Knightsofthekukluxklanmichaelmcqueeneygrandd
    JOIN THE KLAN TODAY!!!! [email protected] /* */ ,, EMAIL ME NOW !! Address - City, State MERCER,WISCONSIN
  • 28 September 2015247. Joe B
    We need to ban the Confederate flag. Period. It's racist AND treasonous. Address - City, State Denver, Colorado
  • 22 September 2015246. Nancy G
    Anyone who displays the Confederate flag is ignorant and may even be committing treason. We need to ban the awful symbol. Address - City, State Lincoln, NE
  • 04 September 2015245. Kt A
    the flag should have been banned after the civil war! Address - City, State Lansing michigan
  • 05 July 2015244. Charles M
    I don't believe the Confederate flag should enjoy the protection of the U.S. Constitution. I agree with the person who wants to send Confederate flag waivers to Guantanamo.
  • 19 May 2015243. Tim Park
    Its a symbol of hate and should be burned to the ground.
  • 12 May 2015242. Billy L
    i hate the confederate douchebags
  • 01 May 2015241. Stephen N
    The Confederate States of America's Constitution endorsed and protected slavery and genocide. The Democrat CSA was defeated by the Republican USA. Nazi flags may not be illegal but are very disgusting and offensive. Why is the CSA flag not viewed in the s
  • 05 April 2015240. Lukas S
    this flag is dispicable and is now an excuse for red neck racist trash to be inhuman. BAN IT!!! Address - City, State Sacramento, CA
  • 19 March 2015239. Karl M
    you are the hater, lets ban you
  • 09 March 2015238. Robert J
    I support this petition
  • 09 March 2015237. James B
    Anyone who defends the Confederate flag is white trash and a traitor, including Hilda the Hun. Address - City, State Jacksonville, FL
  • 23 February 2015236. Victoria L
    The confederate flag should never be a sign of pride, but a sign of disgrace Address - City, State Florida
  • 17 February 2015235. David S
    Celebrating treason is NOT free speech! Address - City, State Jacksonville, FL
  • 09 February 2015234. James K
    I support this petition
  • 17 January 2015233. Amy B
    I support this petition
  • 12 January 2015232. Martha D
    The treason argument is a very sound argument. But it looks like this petition has been hi-jacked by a White Supremist group Address - City, State Portland, ME
  • 02 January 2015231. Old Manl
    I support this petition
  • 20 December 2014230. Dessie M
    MY right to fly the symbol of MY heritage will not be dictated to me by the PC crowd! I WILL NOT SIGN THIS PETITION, OR ANY OTHER PETITION SIMILAR! They symbols of the Confederacy ARE NOT anit-American, they are the most pro-American symbols out there bec
  • 15 December 2014229. Camelotpit Simon
    The Confederate Battle Flag will never go anywhere I don't care how many signatures you get on this damn petition. You ignorant Yankees have been trying to change the views of the south for 144 years huh hasn't worked yet. The government can say or do wha
  • 10 December 2014228. Robert J
    I support this petition
  • 04 October 2014227. Dd D
    The Confederate Flag, to me, symbolizes scars from beatings, families being torn apart, , and an injustice on mankind. Fighting for what you believe in is honorable, but I'm sure the Nazi's felt the same way. It's all about the heart..
  • 17 September 2014226. David K
    Ban YANKEES, not the Battle Flag! Address - City, State West Alton, Missouri
  • 25 August 2014225. Rep Maxinew
    Derrell listen the first thing you need to do rather than petion this site is to go to what ever university you claim to have graduated, and ask for your tuition back. Your sentences are incomplete. You are not someone "that" paid your way through college
  • 05 August 2014224. Natalie G
    I support this petition

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