I am a life member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Until recently, I was a member of Fort Blakely camp 1864 Foley, AL (Baldwin County) I resigned my camp membership after the camp officials refused to consider my request to discuss whether or not it was appropriate to use the word “indivisible” in the Pledge of allegiance to the American flag. It is my opinion, that it is a contradiction of terms to say that we gather to honor our Confederate ancestors, which fought and died for the principle of secession, and then declare that the country is “indivisible”.
If we believe in our Declaration of Independence that reads in part…..”Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, when a government becomes destructive of these principles, it shall be the right of the people to alter or abolish it” Does this not mean, the right to divide, separate, or secede?
This is not about trying to start a controversy, but, a serious question. Does the use of the word “indivisible” in the recital of the pledge of allegiance to the United States flag contradict the principle of secession that our Confederate ancestors fought and died for?
I believe that we all have the right to say, or not say, whatever we please. However, my question is, is this not a contradiction?
Raymond L. Harris