A legal battle to fly the Confederate flag from the street light poles of Lexington died today at the hand of a federal judge.In a written opinion, U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Wilson dismissed a lawsuit against the city filed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.The lawsuit challenged an ordinance, passed last year amid public furor, that limited the types of flags that can be flown from city-owned light poles.Lexington City Council's decision to fly only the city, state and national flags was "eminently reasonable," Wilson wrote in a 10-page opinion released late today.The Sons of Confederate Veterans had claimed that the city abused their free speech rights — banning the Confederate flag because of its controversial nature.
Friday, June 15, 2012
I say relegate it to the dust bin of history:
I think this pattern of wingers using civil right arguments to oppose modernity is set for the foreseeable future. Here, various wingers have had their feelings hurt because THE MAN won't let them display their confederate flag in a time and place of their choosing. I don't know if these wingers represented themselves as victims in this particular instance, but others are.
Take gun rights as another example. In the Heller decision, the Supreme court invented gun ownership as a new civil right. What hadn't been before now was. The constitution is a living document not a relic of 17th and 18th century political theory after all. Five of the Nine justices on the Court believed a new right fit in with the times and was not overly inconsistent with themes in the constitution, so they created it. Shit happens. Right Wing Blogger and Reported Law Professor Instapundit even wrote a gleeful academic paper on the exciting new rights the Supreme Court could find in the penumbra of the 2nd amendment some brave new day in the future. Brave New World.
Religion can't be far behind. There be some winger who is unable to reconcile some archaic religious belief with modernity and will seek justice through civil rights protection - the Law conflicts with my belief system, therefore my 1st amendment rights are violated.
Oh well, at least the streets of Lexington will be free from one more source of blight. That is progress.