It should be known, clearly, that former State Senator Douglas Henry (D), Nashville, was the one who pushed for the Forrest bust in the Capitol building and led the effort to have TDOT remove the trees from the ROW on I-65 in Brentwood in order to see the NBF statue and flag display without obstruction as drivers pass by going into Nashville. The statue and flag display are on private property.
Back here in Memphis, per Federal law...all Confederate veterans are considered US veterans and there are restrictions on moving remains. As much as they may want to, they aren't just going to be able to dig up the remains because they want to. That part is a long way from over.
Hey Chris Davis, as far as I know, Al Gore, Sr., Robert Byrd, J. William Fulbright (Clinton's mentor) all voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and were all Democrats to their dying day. Do you know who put the Confederate flag on top of the SC capitol dome? That would be Fritz Hollings,.who was a Democrat governor and was a Democrat Senator and is still alive as a Democrat. I'm not sure who this mass exodus is of racist Democrats you speak of that became Republicans, because I'm not seeing it.
LBJ was the one who was on tape saying "he was going to have these n- voting Democrat for the next 200 years". That audio is out there and you can hear it yourself, he was a Democrat and the Democrat party still reveres him. Woodrow Wilson, who the Democrats love, was one of the most vile racist Presidents EVER.
This bull crap of Democrats becoming Republicans and Republicans becoming Democrat is just that...crap.
All I know is that I cannot fill up my car at a gas station without being hit up for cash. I've had people almost get aggressive with me when I tell them I don't have cash...which I never carry for that specific reason. I'm not sure if this bill will target that, but I know it's an issue.
If I have money to every person hitting me up for cash, I'd be needing to hit people up for cash. I give to reputable charities for them to distribute. I sure don't need a lecture from Wendi about giving.
Since the statue is the direct cause of crime, educational woes, unemployment, drug use and illegitimacy in the black community, once it is moved I fully expect these issues to cease in Memphis.
Are crime and poverty going to decrease because it's moved off Union Ave down to Elmwood? Are test scores in school going to improve? What about the illegitimacy rate in the black community? If all those will improve with the removal of the statue, I'll write a check to the city myself for its movement.
Speaking of price...anyone know how much this is going to cost? I'm guessing this is going to cost the city about $500,000 to do, provided the state, Chancery Court and the family approve the movement of the remains. Does Memphis have that kind of cash laying around to move a statue?
How many people in Memphis could tell you where the statue is as of this moment?
I know I'm not as much of a legal scholar as our friend OTP is, but my reading of the Tennessee Code Annotated, section 46-4-101, shows that the city is going to have to a lot of legal hurdles to overcome to be able to move those remains to Elmwood. This isn't a matter of just digging up the remains and moving them. I wish Wharton and everyone would be intellectually honest and be upfront about that.
For business/contractual purposes, this is the correct ruling. If a government is going to recognize one, it has to recognize others. Otherwise, they should be out of the marriage business (they should be). This should have no impact whatsoever on churches or religion. A church cannot be compelled to perform a marriage under any circumstances. The justices stated as much. Additionally,the 1st Amendment guarantees that and the doctrine of separation of church and state based on past legal precedent.
At this point, I think everyone should leave each other alone. The LGBT activists have gotten what they sought after. Going after churches/pastors to recognize and perform is not a battle they want or need or can even win. Hopefully, everyone will recognize that and live on in peace.
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