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Confederate Flag Out, CAIR In for Tulsa Veterans Day Parade

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By    |   Monday, 09 Nov 2015 05:21 PM

A group calling itself "Confederate Lives Matter" says it will file a discrimination complaint against the city of Tulsa after its application to have a float in Wednesday's 97th Veterans Day Parade was denied even as Muslim activist group CAIR was welcomed into the event.

"Why approve another group and then deny us, when the Confederate [issue] is a Civil War thing? They're veterans within itself," group member Arlene Barnum told NewsOne 6 in Oklahoma.

"[We wanted] just a regular old float, to have the Confederate flag up there like we have mounted on our trucks, and have some people on the float, and wave our flags and have some visibility," Barnum said.

The parade has been roiled in controversy since news broke that a float for the Council on American-Islamic Relations had been approved.

Angry protesters are calling for parade-watchers to turn their backs as the group, which they say has ties to terrorist groups, passes by.

"Never, not in nearly a century of parades, has an entry like CAIR sought to disrupt and offend the very men and women, and in reality, the tradition of this fine parade," said Rex Duncan, who is identified as a war veteran, former state representative and the current district attorney for Pawnee and Osage Counties, NewsOne 6 reports.


"In about three days, organizers put a 'Turn Your Back on CAIR' rally together. About 60 people, along with veterans and former state representatives, came out to show support," NewsOne 6 reports.

"For nearly 10 decades, the veterans parade has gone through Tulsa. The floats are greeted with cheers," the station reports.

One veteran told NewsOne 6 he would not be cheering this year.

"That parade is something I've chosen not to be a part of, because I don't want to share something of honor with the enemy of this country," David Bell said.

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A group calling itself "Confederate Lives Matter" says it will file a discrimination complaint against the city of Tulsa after its application to have a float in Wednesday's 97th Veterans Day Parade was denied even as Muslim activist group CAIR was welcomed into the event.
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