Join Pastor Steve Harris and Thomas E. Taylor this Friday for a conversation regarding the festival parade and the City of Natchitoches.
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On Saturday, November 7, I received word that our application to the parade was rejected for no reason at all. I called the mayor and he said that he changed his mind after “relentless pressure” from the concerned citizens. I told him then that neither he nor the citizens were correct in their demand that the original Confederate flag be used and he agreed that none of them probably knew what they were talking about but he was making this decision anyway.
In making this decision the mayor has bypassed the wishes of the Historical District Business Association since changes to the parade structure is made by a vote of Front Street merchants. They were never consulted and a vote of them was never taken. The mayor just arbitrarily made this decision on his own. Political correctness ruled the day.
Yes, I did reject the demand to carry a historically incorrect flag in the parade. I did offer to carry other governmental flags but was told that any flag containing the Saint Andrew’s Cross was unacceptable no matter how correct it would be. So you see? The mayor cares not what is correct or even right, only that he appease a vocal group with an agenda. That is what weak, uninformed and politically correct people do and I’m afraid that this decision will negatively affect the City of Natchitoches this year for sure and possibly for years to come.
Thomas E. Taylor
Commander, Louisiana Division
Sons of Confederate Veterans