Country Music Fest Bans Confederate Flags?!?

Confederate Flag Banned by CMA

( – In what many country music fans are calling an assault on their right to free speech and political statements, the Country Music Association (CMA) just announced that displays of the Confederate flag at the upcoming CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee, next week are banned for purposes of public safety and anti-discrimination.

The CMA has now joined NASCAR and several other prominent organizations, barring any Confederate flag display at its events.

The Charlotte Observer newspaper is reporting:

“One of the biggest country music festivals has put its boot down: No more Confederate flags. The Country Music Association added “Confederate flag imagery of any kind” to the prohibited items list at the upcoming CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee.” [emphasis added]

In a statement released to the media, the CMA stated:

“This year’s CMA Fest is our first major fan-facing event in nearly three years. We have always had policies in place that protect the safety of our fans and ban discrimination, but we felt it was important to further refine our language to explicitly outline what will and will not be tolerated.

“In line with our first CMA Fest lineup announcement in early April, our event policy was published on our website, which states any behavior that causes one of our attendees to fear for their personal safety will not be tolerated, and that is inclusive of any displays of the Confederate flag.” [emphasis added]

What is your opinion about the Country Music Association banning any Confederate flag display at the upcoming CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee? Do you agree or disagree with the decision by the CMA? Do you believe that is a violation of free speech rights Americans have traditionally had in the United States of America? Do you think Americans should be able to fly the Confederate flag as a political statement? Why or why not? Please email your thoughts and views to [email protected].┬áThank you.