Letters to the Editor

Confederate cause does not rest on our shoulders

Two articles in the Gazette on May 11 deserve comment.

The first article quoted from the keynote address of the Rev. Andrew Pearson, the assistant rector at the Parish Church of St. Helena, at a Beaufort ceremony honoring Confederate Memorial Day.

Pearson said: "These soldiers ... did not die for any political cause but for a way of life. We stand on their shoulders, sons and daughters of the South ... Let us remember their great sacrifice and the cause which has now been placed on our shoulders."

As a Navy pilot who went through flight training in Florida and Georgia, and having lived in South Carolina for only 11 years, perhaps I am missing a nuance. It appears to me that the Rev. Pearson -- in asking us to remember "the cause which has now been placed on our shoulders" -- is asking the South to revert back to slavery.

I risked my life making carrier landings to defend the freedom and the equality of all our citizens -- not for the cause of perpetuating slavery or segregation.

In welcome contrast was another article in the Gazette that reported that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has removed a key barrier that had previously prevented the ordination of gays and lesbians. I commend this step forward for human rights.

Charlie Davis

Fripp Island