Opinion says Confederate flag at Citadel may stay

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    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The state attorney general’s office says a Confederate flag hanging in the Summerall Chapel at The Citadel is protected by state law and may remain.

    A Charleston County councilman had wanted to withhold nearly $1 million in funding from the Charleston military school unless the flag was removed.

    But an opinion issued Tuesday by state Solicitor General Robert Cook concludes the flag is protected by the state’s Heritage Act passed back in 2000.

    That act protects monuments and memorials on public property dedicated to any of the wars the nation fought in or that are dedicated to African American or Native American history.

    The “Confederate Naval Jack” in the chapel was a gift to the college. Cook’s opinion says no one can force its removal or relocation.

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