By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
It’s time to take down the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol.
As a South Carolina native and born and bred Southerner, I never thought I would ever say those words, much less put them into print.
The issue of taking down the Confederate flag in South Carolina did not happen overnight. It has been “on the table” for years, but what happened last week brought it to the forefront again.
In my heart I know that flag had nothing to do with the evil carried out by Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist who murdered nine Christians at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C.
Roof was a tool and pawn of Satan. What happened at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church was Satan’s handiwork.
From afar, I have said to family and friends in years past that we don’t need to take the Confederate flag down. It’s part of the state’s history.
Rest assured, I have never approved of slavery. To my knowledge, our family never owned slaves. I have never flown a Confederate flag or ever plan to. [Read more…]