Some points to consider:
1. Free Speech
Free Speech was a bedrock in our country to protect the very things most people disagreed with. It was for the outrageous, foolish, and especially, the contrarian, in historical context.
I am a defender of Free Speech, as it is the life blood for us all to live from. Without it, we saw what the Nuremberg laws did to Jews in Nazi Germany. Our president told us, before we voted him in, that he would be the most transparent president ever. We now know that no president has ever done more in secrecy, including the by passing of Congress, than Obama.
2. Symbolism. To many, the Confederate Flag represents States' rights and not racism. This is why the fight is so determined. To others, since especially it was used by the KKK, it symbolizes racism.
I see both sides and have an obligation to freedom, and to black citizens who are hurt by the propagandized meaning of the flag.
Also consider Precedent:
3. Allowing a single incident to define practice without pausing to let 'cooler heads' prevail.
The practice to ban something used by a murderer, in principle, would lead to the banning of the Islamic flag, initially, but with the same argument, the banning of the American flag.
The Unabomber had Al Gore's book in his possessions and quoted it. The book was not banned as the Unabomber killed citizens.
For me, there is a small but very important issue here. It is "small" in geography but there is a lesson here for all of us:
Would you want someone like Sgt. Dildine in your locale?
His picture shows an incredible lack of self awareness. It is about the stupidest thing he could do, and it is uncharitable, violating the law of "do unto others."
A large number of people he was paid to protect and serve are black. Point one.
Point Two: Most black people believe the Confederate Flag represents a desire to enslave them.
Point Three: Given the extreme emotions of the killing in Charleston, not only does this reveal someone who lacks the emotional intelligence to be a police officer, he has endangered, without cause, the lives of police officers and has needlessly angered black citizens.
He could have found a better way to protest the removal of the Confederate Flag, tactfully, and, perhaps, allowing emotions to cool off first, cognizant that he carries lethal force, and is paid to protect and to serve black citizens.
It is not only undignified, but it is deliberately provocative from someone who's uniform desperately needs to speak "peace and safety" to the locale.
I would want him fired for being an uncharitable fool; not for any other reason.
All things might be lawful, but not all things are expedient.
The Apostle Paul dealt with some extremely sensitive new Christians who felt that it was just awful to eat certain meats dedicated to idolatry. Paul knew that it was just food and it was, perhaps cooked to rare perfection with garlic salt, great to eat. He knew it was lawful, that is, allowed for him to do so.
He chose not to, as he thought it better to not offend here, on such a small issue, than to exercise his right to eat.
There were issues coming which were much greater in scope, in which he had to offend; especially one in which Cesar had declared that "no other name in heaven" was as high as his own. He declared that anything contrary was high handed treason.
Paul picked his fights carefully. We should do the same. There are some fights we cannot walk away from. As retailers pull the Confederate flag, the flag of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic State are still legal. This is an inconsistency and a natural illogic that flows from socialism.
I spent an entire summer studying Confederate history, and I understand what they believe the flag stands for: the rights of States within a willful union, not a club that if you join, you can only leave by death.
I read the history of the KKK, from books written in the period. I also read of the resistant movement in the South that was not race based like the KKK but sought to protect themselves from the exploitation of carpet baggers and outright theft. The two were not the same.
I learned "Uncle Tom's Cabin" but not about the New York City riot in which blacks were hung from lamp posts, reminding me that "history is written by the winners."
Issues are often more complex than what politicians and those who scream make them out to be. This is why it is important that we do not react while emotions are so high, yet it is why opportunists jump in.
I want freedom for us all, including those I strongly and personally disagree with.
I would not want Sgt. Dildine serving in my neighborhood because he lacks the emotional intelligence to be a police officer.
I cannot imagine the pain of being a black citizen, calling 911 for help, and seeing Sgt. Dildine pull up, picturing him in Confederate underwear.
"Love covers a multitude of sins."