Among some old sheet music I inherited, there is a WWI-era piece in which two aging Civil War soldiers, one Confederate and one Union, meet and shake hands in support of America’s united fight against a common enemy abroad.
There is also a piece in which Irish recruits are encouraged to “fight for France and Belgium” with the promise that “we’ll deal with England later”. Again, the thought was to neutralize anti-British feelings among Irish recruits who would be fighting side-by-side with Brits in the trenches.
Both things were designed to unify. The piece with the Civil War soldiers was part of a fairly common genre until fairly recently. Deference was given, not to slavery or segregation, but to the union of the two peoples in common purpose, and to the sacrifices and gallantry exhibited by both parts of the country. It was a “compact” of sorts, designed to dampen regional antipathies.
And I would not particularly doubt these stained glass images were of that sort. Their purpose was to unify by signifying there was no longer to be antagonism based on region.
But that 'compact" has been unilaterally abrogated by the American left, and now nothing Confederate can be tolerated. Replacing those segments with clear glass is silly. What are future generations to think of a clear glass flag? Are they to know that they once had Confederate flags, which were once honored in the limited fashion once intended as healing, but that the flags were removed in order to now dishonor the “compact” and drive home the “we won, so you are nothing” theme?
I guess we’ll be seeing more of this, and we need to realize there’s no limit to it. They can’t have Robert E. Lee honored by even having his image there, nor that of any Confederate, and certainly not any praise for him.
It’s a sort of latter-day “March to the Sea” in which the cultural earth must be thoroughly scorched. Nobody will care, of course, except most southern people, on whom the message will not be lost.
It’s an Episcopal church and they can do what they want with their property, of course. I have always thought it odd that it’s called the “National Cathedral” when it’s nothing of the sort. But that, too, is undoubtedly a historic leftover from a day when the Episcopal church was the church of all elites who therefore had some claim, dubious as it was, to some kind of unique national prominence.