THE House of Deputies of the US Episcopal Church's General
Convention has called on churches, public and governmental bodies,
and individuals to cease flying or displaying the Confederate
During the meeting this week in Salt Lake City, Utah, a motion
was proposed by Deputy Betsy Baumgarten, of Mississippi, who
said that she recognised that, for some, the flag was a sign of
But, she said, "for many more it has been, and continues to be,
a symbol of slavery, racial injustice, and violence; and now, more
than ever, a sign of the white-supremacist movement.
"The Confederate battle-flag has no place in a church that calls
all baptised persons to respect the dignity of every human
being." Deputies approved the motion.
The Dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, the Very
Revd Gary Hall, has announced that the cathedral will remove a
stained-glass window in which the flag is depicted.
There has been growing pressure for the abandoning of the flag
since the Charleston church killings. "For too long, we were blind
to the pain that the Confederate flag stirred," President Obama
told mourners at the funeral of one of the victims of the shooting
at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Pastor Clementa
News, 19 June).