My son found a Fleur-de-lis at Wal-Mart, and I was offended.

My son found a fleur-de-lis medal in the craft section of Wal-Mart for $1 and asked if he could have it. He just thought it was pretty. It made me furious.

It made me furious because I was wondering how long it will be before Wal-Mart announces it no longer sells items depicting that newfound “symbol of hate.” it made me even more furious when we saw one of those paintable wooden wall hangings in the shape and someone had broken it.

The fleur-de-lis is the symbol of New Orleans and other parts of the former Louisiana Purchase because it’s the symbol of the French monarchy and of French Catholicism. Yes, those regions practiced slavery and segregation. Yes the fleur-de-lis has far more of a claim of being part of “heritage” than a battle flag of an army that existed for five years and lost.

But to call it a symbol of hate is like calling the Three-leaf Shamrock a symbol of hate, and I’m sure that will be next.

Do people even realize that it was the Catholic Church that tried to ban slavery and successfully did so in some countries centuries before the Anglophone Protestant countries caught up?

Then there’s the debate about the Planned unParenthood baby parts video. Even with the woman saying they sell organs from aborted fetuses, people are still clinging to “blob of tissue.”

Justice Anthony Kennedy has argued in several abortion-related opinions that parents have the right to determine whether they think an unborn baby is a person or not. If that’s the case, then what about those of us who so believe? This blog was founded precisely on that premise and named after the miscarried child who would have been named after St. Louis of France (among others depicted above). If Person A chooses to interpret a symbol of Christian purity as a symbol of hate, and we have to listen to that person, why don’t pro-abortionists have to listen to the offense of those of us who choose to accept the science that an unborn baby is a biologically distinct human person and not offend us with their hateful rhetoric?

Why do liberals get a monopoly on being offended?

5 responses to “My son found a Fleur-de-lis at Wal-Mart, and I was offended.

  1. Being a transplant from Louisiana, I’m quite sure that the Fleur De Lis will NEVER go away 😉 It’s everywhere, and it should be! It’s just another symbol of a history that cannot be rewritten but learned from. Bienvenue En Louisiane!

  2. Francis Philip

    People can fly the Confederate battle flag if they want too. But the problem with doing that is that it places the person flying it along with a group of people who fly it because of the wrong reason. Honestly, I have never heard of anyone flying the Confederate battle flag because of some of the virtue it may represent. It has always been associated with “rebel” and “rebellion” and disunity. I think it imprudent for a person to fly it for any other reason than for an historical reenactment or for historical instruction.

    • Please see my other posts on this topic. I know many who do use it to symbolize their heritage, but how can one be free to use a symbol that is increasingly banned by retailers. This is a perfect example of “First they came for . . .”

      • Francis Philip

        They can sew their own flags, like it was done centuries ago. It will be okay. This could be really good for societal healing, which ultimately brings true peace.

  3. For those who believe the Fleur-de-lys to be a symbol of hate, it can perhaps be used to point out the difference between Catholic and Protestant forms of slavery- starting with the law that it stood for, the Code Noir:

    And that can lead to a discussion about the difference between slavery in America and slavery in French colonies- which leads naturally to the discussion of the treatment of extremely low wage workers everywhere.

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