Kevin Levin has posted what I believe to be a reasonable proposition about the display of a Confederate flag at the Confederate Memorial Chapel in downtown Richmond.
Here’s what I said in the comments:
The situation with the VMFA and the chapel would seem to be easy to resolve. Erect a single freestanding flagpole, and fly the current US flag above the ANV banner. Otherwise, go with three flagpoles, with the US national colors flying highest, followed by the Virginia state flag, and then the ANV flag.
I’ve never understood the failure to reach the middle ground of reasonable compromise on this issue.
The chapel’s a post-Civil War structure, and so a Confederate flag could not fly atop any pole there. But the ANV banner … the “soldier’s flag” — would make sense in appropriate context. One might make a case of Lee’s headquarters flag given the name of the camp that helped provide for the structure, but I’d prefer the square soldiers’ flag of the ANV.
This would be an example of displaying the flag in context.
SECOND UPDATE: The Flaggers have rejected a proposal they claim not to have read. Note that Susan Hathaway failed to speak again. Interesting.
FIRST UPDATE: It did not take long for the Flaggers to respond. Oh well.
… and then …
These people live in a delusion of their own making.
But I don’t smear the Flaggers. They do a good enough job of that on their own. Their childish responses to a proposal made in good faith seem evidence enough that it’s not about heritage but about something else.