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Watch South Carolina's Confederate Flag Get Taken Down, For Good

On Friday, South Carolina removed the Confederate flag that has flown over the state’s capitol for more than 50 years. As the Highway Patrol Honor Guard marched and removed the symbol, protestors both for and against its removal crowded around and yelled things like “take it down!” » 7/10/15 11:15am 7/10/15 11:15am

5 Hot New Designs for the Confederate Flag

As South Carolina moves to take down the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the statehouse, the national debate surrounding the flag grows to a new height. Among all of the impassioned arguments for and against removing this contentious symbol from the public space, it is strange that lawmakers and the public… » 7/10/15 9:00am 7/10/15 9:00am

SC Debate on Removing Confederate Flag Starts with Anti-Gay Rhetoric 

Monday morning in the South Carolina Legislature, state lawmakers began debating whether or not to take down the Confederate flag that flies on State Capitol property. The removal is likely, but lawmakers will also debate whether they should hold a ceremony to commemorate taking down the flag or put it back up yearly… » 7/06/15 11:10am 7/06/15 11:10am

Who is Sending Death Threats to Female AME Pastors in South Carolina?

A local news station is reporting that three female pastors of African Methodist Episcopal churches in Clarendon County, South Carolina have received threatening letters. The letter-writer, who calls himself “Apostle Prophet Harry L. Fleming,” quotes Bible verses to claim that women shouldn’t be pastors, and warns… » 7/01/15 9:30am 7/01/15 9:30am

SC Governor Will Reportedly Call for Confederate Flag to Be Removed

Days after nine people were murdered in a racist attack on a black church in Charleston, and after studiously ignoring the issue for as long as she could, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is holding a press conference at 4 p.m. today, where she’ll reportedly call for the removal of the Confederate flag that flies… » 6/22/15 12:30pm 6/22/15 12:30pm

Fox News and Lindsey Graham Lament Hate Crime Against Christians

“If we’re not safe in our own churches, then where are we safe?” Pop quiz: Was the preceding sentence uttered by, a. One of the grieving congregants at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina? Or b. Elizabeth Hasselbeck of Fox and Friends, making the Charleston shooting into “an attack on faith” rather than a… » 6/18/15 4:50pm 6/18/15 4:50pm

Is South Carolina Just Gonna Fly That Confederate Flag Today or What?

South Carolina, a state that thoughtfully welcomes its 19 known hate groups by flying a Confederate flag over the statehouse, is facing a real quandary today. When a white man walks into a black church—a church that was targeted, surveilled and burned down 200 years ago in a period when black churches were prohibited » 6/18/15 11:50am 6/18/15 11:50am

Everything We Know About the Charleston Shooting and the Alleged Gunman

Last night a gunman opened fire in a historic black Charleston, S.C. church, killing at least nine people—including the church’s pastor, state senator Clementa Pinckney. The suspect, a white male in his early 20s, is still at large. Here’s everything we know about the situation so far. » 6/18/15 9:55am 6/18/15 9:55am

Five-Year-Old Girl Survived Charleston Church Shooting By Playing Dead

Charleston, South Carolina is waking up to a nightmare this morning, after a white gunman shot and killed nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the oldest historically black churches in the United States. A five-year-old girl is reportedly recovering this morning after surviving the… » 6/18/15 9:00am 6/18/15 9:00am

SC Republican: Abortion Ban Doesn't Keep Rape Victims Pregnant Enough

A South Carolina State Senator is filibustering a bill that would make abortion illegal for 20 weeks, not because he doesn’t hate abortion—he totally, loudly does—but because the bill makes an exception for victims of rape and incest. Those rape and incest victims had 20 whole weeks, State Senator Lee Bright, says,… » 5/19/15 6:15pm 5/19/15 6:15pm