A Henry County commissioner requested a few months ago that a local Civil War museum remove its Confederate flags.

But without that symbol, the Nash Farm Battlefield and Museum announced that it can’t conduct its mission properly and will close June 1.

In a Facebook post, the museum’s directors cited the request by District 2 Commissioner Dee Clemmons that all Confederate flags be removed from the museum, in addition to the gift shop, “in an effort not to offend anyone.”

“To exclude any Confederate flag would mean the historical value has been taken from our exhibits, and a fair interpretation could not be presented to each guest,” the post read. “Confederate flags were on this hallowed ground, as were the Union flags. To remove either of them would be a dishonor.”

I’m as Unionist Yank as they come in the Civil War context, but this is sheer madness. We’re not talking now about changing official state flags, for example, but removing flags from a war museum. War museum. You know, the institution which through preserved historical artefacts teaches us what happened in the past. What’s next? Removing the whole Confederacy? “Daddy, daddy, who did the North fight in the Civil War?” “I have no idea son; it was a civil war, so probably themselves”.

History is full of awful things, but you can’t change it. If you are triggered by history, FFS grow up. This growing effort to expunge the bits of history you don’t like is Orwellian, totalitarian and Stalinist. It is shameful and disturbing and all the normal, sensible people have to stand up now and stop it before it becomes an accepted thing to do.