WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Mississippi flag belongs in a museum, said Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) in a statement released Wednesday morning. He joined other state leaders who are calling for a change following the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.
Wicker cited scripture when explaining why he believes it is time for change.
“In I Corinthians 8, the Apostle Paul said he had no personal objection to eating meat sacrificed to idols. But he went on to say that “if food is a cause of trouble to my brother, or makes my brother offend, I will give up eating meat.” The lesson from this passage leads me to conclude that the flag should be removed since it causes offense to so many of my brothers and sisters, creating dissention rather than unity,” said Wicker.
“After reflection and prayer, I now believe our state flag should be put in a museum and replaced by one that is more unifying to all Mississippians. As the descendant of several brave Americans who fought for the Confederacy, I have not viewed Mississippi’s current state flag as offensive. However, it is clearer and clearer to me that many of my fellow citizens feel differently and that our state flag increasingly portrays a false impression of our state to others.”
Wicker said he realizes that Mississippi, and not the federal government, should decide the flag’s fate, but he did not necessarily say Mississippi’s residents should decide.
“This is an issue to be decided by the legislature and other state government officials and not dictated by Washington. If I can be part of a process to achieve consensus within our state, I would welcome the opportunity to participate,” said Wicker’s statement.