Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 10, 2013

Flags, twins, dogs, more

— A selection of reader comments from our Facebook page last week and this week:

On a story about the ACLU targeting a Ten Commandments display at the Wyoming County Courthouse:

• They continue to misinterpret what the meaning of “separation of church and state” actually means! It allows the public the “freedom of religion” not “freedom from religion” ... — Karen S.

• “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ...” The law cannot stop you from practicing and the law does not take sides in religion. There is no other interpretation — Derek Z.

• Are the Ten Commandments really such horrible rules to live by? No murder, no stealing, no lying ... Hmmmm, sounds pretty good to me — Angela A.

On a story about how Confederate flags can no longer fly on light poles in Lexington, and if you think this violates the right of free speech:

• People need to get over it! Why can’t this world worry about more important things than a flag ... idiotic. My flag will forever fly and yours should, too, whatever your choice should be — Mike B.

• The Confederate flag is a part of our history and it should fly — Stan W.

• Hank Williams Jr. said it best, “If Heaven ain’t a lot like Dixie” — Michael P.

• I think we should fly the rebel flag all over this country, after all, we did capture it. Let it serve as a symbol of what happens when you #@$* with the good ol’ USofA! — Jamie L.

• It’s a flag, part of history, people need to worry about other things that are more important. Leave flags where they’re at, leave God’s name where it’s at. If they don’t like it leave our country — Sandy W.

• Flags are symbols. They represent the lives of those who fly them. If the Jolly Roger flag was on the state capitol, I think there are those who would scream against it. It is not the flag itself that is the problem. It is what it represents. It represents the resentment of those in the North by those who fought for the South. We are a nation united or we are supposed to be. Too many armchair presidents these days. If a person wants to fly their flag and have it represent them, then they can. But when they put that same flag on the publicly paid for government site, then it represents all who paid taxes ... — Bev O.

• I wonder if people would feel the same if it was a Nazi flag? How many would be defending the right to fly it? Food for thought ... — Samuel B.

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