Alabama Governor Orders Confederate Flag Removed from State Capitol Grounds

Alabama takes down Confederate flag Martin SwantAP
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On June 24, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) order the Confederate flag to be removed from the state capitol grounds in Montgomery.

This capitulation to political correctness is especially telling when you consider that the flag flies over a designated Confederate memorial, and that the city of Montgomery was also the capitol city of the Confederacy during the Civil War.

According to, Bentley ordered the flag to be taken down on Wednesday morning.

When asked whether the heinous criminal attack in Charleston was the motivation behind removing the flag, Bentley said:

Yes, partially this is about that. This is the right thing to do. We are facing some major issues in this state regarding the budget and other matters that we need to deal with. This had the potential to become a major distraction as we go forward. I have taxes to raise, we have work to do. And it was my decision that the flag needed to come down.

After the Confederate battle flag was removed, all other flags tied to the Confederacy were removed as well. These include the First National Confederate Flag, the Second National Confederate Flag, and the Third National Confederate Flag.

The cornerstone of the Confederate Memorial over which the flags flew was laid by Jefferson Davis himself in 1880.

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