A new documentary about Trayvon Martin showed the owner of a “Muslim-free” gun shop in Florida, who is a passionate defender of the Confederate flag, unable to name one cause for the Civil War besides slavery, Raw Story reports.
In an episode of a new docuseries titled “Rest In Power,” gun shop owner Andy Hallinan was asked by the interviewer why he didn’t think the Confederate flag is a racist symbol.
“The majority of people believe that it is a symbol of heritage, that it is a symbol of our history, that people think is associated with the South, and the South was fighting for slavery — that’s a common misconception about what actually took place,” Hallinan argues.
But when Hallinan was asked to name three other issues that led to the Civil War, he failed to name any. “I’m not a historian,” he says. “I mean, you’re putting me on the spot for something I — you know.”
The interviewer continues to press Hallinan and asks him to give just two other causes for the Civil War. Hallinan then responds: “In general, the war was about tyranny.” When the interviewer asks him to define that term, he says, “Tyranny is any time a government overreaches, and they control a life too much.”
“Like slavery?” the interviewer asks, causing Hallinan to pause and sit silently.
YouTube has banned Hallinan over his anti-Muslim views and has been sued by the Council on American-Islamic Relations for religious discrimination.
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