If you mean "banned and abolished" as in not being flown on official state or public grounds, I say yes. However an individual should have the right to fly the flag in/at their private residence or at a protest, etc.
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You assume the south cannot do the same thing...as the United States
The South is it's own changing and moving thing and many hold the battle flag as a symbol of it, because that was a time the south was unified in it's oppression against the north. And there is good reason why it's the battle flag and not the "Confederate flag", it was the flag of the common soldiers fighting against the northern armies. The war did not become so black and white,"We WANT SLAVES!!!!" and "WE DONTTTT!!!!"... There was much stigma between the north and the south for awhile.... like all Civil wars in all countries, it was one between two ethnic groups inside the country for supremacy... and the North won.
I assume everyone that is SO offended by this flag is also SO offended by every Stars and Stripes before the Emancipation Proclamation.
I don't like the Confederate Flag, but I have zero problem with it flying as I believe STRONGLY in free speech and freedom of expression...NO MATTER WHAT.
Besides, it's just a flag.
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Free speech, like other rights, is not absolute....but then this is not a free speech debate.