State Fair BANS Country Music Group Because of Their NAME

How much more is the left going to continue to push?

In recent years, we’ve seen Confederate flags taken down, then statues of figures connected to the Confederacy were defaced and toppled — and now it seems even the word “Confederate” could be destined for the historical delete button.

Case in point: Country music group Confederate Railroad.

The popular, longtime band was set to play the Du Quoin State Fair in Illinois next month — but not anymore, WSIL-TV reported.

Seems the band was dropped from the Aug. 27 show because of its name, the station said, citing the Du Quoin Weekly.

Rich Miller with the Capitol Fax political website in June asked if Confederate Railroad playing at a state-owned facility was appropriate, WSIL said.

With that, Fair Manager Josh Gross told the newspaper that the Illinois Department of Agriculture decided to apparently pull the plug on Confederate Railroad’s scheduled performance, the station noted: “While every [artist] has a right to expression, we believe this decision is in the best interest of serving all of the people in our state.”

Confederate Railroad was scheduled to perform with country artists Shenandoah and Restless Heart, WSIL reported, adding that the other two groups will still play.

The booking agent for Confederate Railroad on Friday didn’t immediately respond to TheBlaze’s request for comment on the report of the band’s removal from the state fair lineup.

The band’s tour schedule on Friday morning included the Du Quoin State Fair, but Confederate Railroad isn’t named on the Fair’s Facebook page alongside Shenandoah and Restless Heart.

Here is Danny Shirley of Confederate Railroad talking about the origin of the band’s name:

Src: The Blaze

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36 Comments

  • Beverly
    Posted July 5, 2019 7:57 pm 0Likes

    Isn’t it sad that the most wonderful nation in the world now has to carefully check words that have been in our vocabulary for 250 yrs. Until recently, these words were not offensive but because we have all the left groups saying we cant say that or do that because it is offensive to a group , then group B says they want control over speech in. colleges and universities so we have Far left saying no to that. Then our monuments are offensive because it reminds someone of their bad times so now we tear down the monuments for the far left, next some far left want to remove the crosses and star of Davids off of tombstones In Arlington National cemetery says the far left, we cant have bibles for servicemen going into war zones, we cant have chaplins using GOD or Jesus because the far left is offended, we cant say Under God” in our pledge of Allegiance, want to change our National Anthemn because it somehow insults someone, We cant pray in school but Muslims can come in “AFTER Hours” and teach Sharia law, then we have transgemnders coming into kindergarten class to teach them diversity, (those peopl3 dressed up scaraed the heck out of me much less 4,5,6 year olds. Some schools are teaching about Muslims but we can’t have an after school catechism class in school, someone/s are offended. Cant have restuarants on college campuses becasue the Christian Religion offend people on Sundays (like in years past,) they are closed for their worships. Some even want Washington and Lincoln taken off of Mt> Rushmore. There is more and this is just 1/2 chapter of How America has changed We are becoming a nation of neutered people. We can have certain churches display the Nativity, People, where are we going? As a retired teacher and teaching our Amendments of our Constitution and Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights to my students and some have asked why not? WELL, it is a long story and I am sure everyone American can tell you why. Trump is hated because he believes in our country, its people and our traditions.A famous person said, We need to learn our history so”we do not continue to make the same mistakes over and over.”That’s my 4th of JULY SPEECH. Again, America, wake up and remove the left and take back our wonderful country before we look like Venezuela!

    • ARLIN SIMMONS
      Posted July 6, 2019 3:57 am 0Likes

      Oh boy I am with you but, when do we on the right get to say that we are offended by the actions of the left? In the article it stated the reason for cancellation as:

      “While every [artist] has a right to expression, we believe this decision is in the best interest of serving all of the people in our state.”

      Well I disagree! It serves only the left and I understand that Chicago is far left, but, a great many of Illinois residents are Conservative, so how about serving the interests of the right, are they not part of “All of the People”? When will the right stand up and be offended at the actions of the left? I for one am truly offended by by the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture for failing to serve all the People! The people on the left are Hypocrites!

  • Betty Jay
    Posted July 5, 2019 8:10 pm 0Likes

    This is one fair that I would not attend. These liberals have become completely insane. I refuse to waste my money on anything they are involved in. They are ruining our Country with their hate and detestable attitudes. Evidently hate has made the liberal Democrats completely insane.

    • Gloria
      Posted July 5, 2019 9:13 pm 0Likes

      THIS IS FASCISM AND NEEDS TO BE CUT OFF BEFORE WE LOSE ALL OUR FREEDOMS.

    • Henry Messer
      Posted July 5, 2019 10:09 pm 0Likes

      These people are in charge of the fair? They couldn’t judge an alligator show for real people. Does the people of Illinois know that this is happening?

      • Connie
        Posted July 6, 2019 4:45 am 0Likes

        I am embarrassed to say I am from Illinois. And to answer your question, no…I do not think most here understand what is happening. If they did we would not be in the mess we are today. It is disgusting the way politicians are running this state deep into the ground.

  • Paul Lamothe
    Posted July 5, 2019 8:12 pm 0Likes

    These liberal asswipes need o get jobs and do something usefull if the word confederate offends you, grow the hell up and get a life you useless Pieces of Shit !

  • Gideon Rockwell
    Posted July 5, 2019 8:15 pm 0Likes

    The Confederate Railroad has been around a long time and is a great band. Banning them from a State Fair is taking P.C. way too far. Maybe all of us descendants of Confederate Troops ought to boycott all the groups, states and businesses that are disrespecting our heritage. I’m an old Texas Boy and except for the branch of the family up in MIssouri that spent the war fighting the criminals in Kansas that raided their farms and towns, the rest of the men served in that great General John B Hood’s cavalry. I for one am sick and tired of a bunch of wimpy trigger P.C. Freaks trampling on our great heritage. I will proudly wear my Heritage of Defiance T Shirt that displays all the great Flags of the Confederacy.

  • Patrick
    Posted July 5, 2019 8:26 pm 0Likes

    Typical democrat seeing hate where there is none. It’s a sad day in America when this ignorance is allowed and promoted.

  • Vinny
    Posted July 5, 2019 8:28 pm 0Likes

    Dropped the band because of their name ? Will the lunacy never end. The radical Progressive Socialist Left has taken another dump in their own nest. It is obvious that the wheels have come completely off and they have crashed and burned.

  • Estell
    Posted July 5, 2019 8:29 pm 0Likes

    It’s time we banned the left wing all together. They are a nuisense we can’t afford to keep. Who cares what the groups name is? They draw in crowds. How about banning names we don’t like? Here’s a few: Feinstein, Harris, Pelosi, B Sanders, Joe Biden, Omar, Cortez and the rest of those left wing nuts.

  • Richard
    Posted July 5, 2019 8:44 pm 0Likes

    Thank you Beverly.

  • Jean
    Posted July 5, 2019 8:45 pm 0Likes

    So STUPID STUPID must be democrats

  • Richard
    Posted July 5, 2019 8:46 pm 0Likes

    If the other groups are wise they will boycott this event as will all other conservatives.

  • Pete
    Posted July 5, 2019 8:54 pm 0Likes

    This is not a recently formed group. It’s hard to imagine that in the U.S. people sit around thinking of reasons to object to something like this. Or maybe it’s such a knee jerk they don’t havve to think

    • Gerald Ladd
      Posted July 6, 2019 12:34 am 0Likes

      Well Pete, that’s exactly what the new NiggeRAT party does.

  • Gary Hull
    Posted July 5, 2019 9:07 pm 0Likes

    Confederate Railroad sue their pants off for racial bias and anything else you come up with. Gary

  • Harry Katz
    Posted July 5, 2019 9:15 pm 0Likes

    If thet signed a contract to perform at the unFair and were cancelled for such a bogus rewriting history BS excuse, then they should sue for breach of contract plus monetary and personal damages.

    • jean Overly
      Posted July 6, 2019 2:32 am 0Likes

      THIS IS THE MOST IGNORANT THING I’VE EVER HEARD. MAYBE WE SHOULD BOYCOTT THE STATE FAIR. AMERICANS NEED TO STAND UP FOR THESE COUNTRY SINGERS. I CAN’T BELIEVE THE STATE FAIR IS ALLOWING THIS TO HAPPEN.

  • Ray Copeland
    Posted July 5, 2019 9:17 pm 0Likes

    ILL. is just about like the scumbag state Cal. their doubling their tax gas and all this bull sh^t. And they are so stupid that they don]t know why people are leaving ILL.

  • Jane
    Posted July 5, 2019 9:23 pm 0Likes

    ILL. is just like the scumbag state Cal. The morons are doubling their gas tax and now they come up with this bull sh^t, and their so stupid that they don’t know why people are moving out of ILL

  • David
    Posted July 5, 2019 9:28 pm 0Likes

    I think the other groups should back out of performing in support of Confederate Railroad and leave them flat with no entertainment.

  • John Riedel
    Posted July 5, 2019 9:38 pm 0Likes

    I am offended by their intolerance while professing to represent all Americans. The Confederate Railroad of the history that was taught, before we allowed the socialistic communistic destroyers of American civil and moral code of conduct to rule, helped those that escaped from democrat owned plantations. Of course they lied about that history and now want everyone on their governmental plantation.

  • Lee
    Posted July 5, 2019 9:47 pm 0Likes

    THAT MEANS Confederate Railroad.
    HAD TO HAVE SIGNED A CONTRACT TO PLAY AT THE FAIR
    SO NOW
    Confederate Railroad.
    SHOULD SUE THE STATE FAIR
    FOR A SHIT LOAD OF MONEY FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT
    & TELL THE FAIR TO MAKE THE LEFT PAY FOR THE LAWSUIT
    THAT WILL MAKE THE BASTARDS THINK TWISE BEFORE THEY EVER TRY TO BAN ANY ONE AGAIN

  • Don
    Posted July 5, 2019 10:17 pm 0Likes

    It’s time we voted these liberal pc morons out! I for one am sick of having to put up with people who can’t go out in public with out getting their delicate feelings hurt !!! GROW UP or go away. I couldn’t care less about you assholes. You will be the first to go down in flames if it comes to a serious confrontation. And I don’t need you in my way!

  • Dinosaur
    Posted July 5, 2019 10:28 pm 0Likes

    Well Illinois has joined the ranks of the gutless. Thought they had more nerve up North considering they did win that ere Wah uv Nawthun Aggression. Seems like putting the name of something they beat wouldn’t cause a stir.

    But I guess the PC police are everywhere and folks are scared silly of them.

    The crowd will miss a lot of good music and harmless fun. Hope the fair bosses are happy now.

  • jsccats
    Posted July 5, 2019 10:28 pm 0Likes

    Apparently the idiocy and ignorance of the self hating snowflake “progressives” has no limits. Don’t they realize the US form of government was set by the Articles of Confederation from the end of the Revolution in 1781 until the Constitution was drafted and approved in 1789? Guess that needs to be wiped out of history as well!

  • jsccats
    Posted July 5, 2019 10:37 pm 0Likes

    The arrogance, ignorance, and idiocy of self hating “progressive” snowflakes is amazing. Apparently these fools seem to have “missed” the fact that the US was governed by a document called the Articles of Confederation from 1781 until the Constitution was written and approved in 1789. Guess that needs to be “purged” from all history as well!

  • Cd
    Posted July 5, 2019 11:10 pm 0Likes

    Every place that does this sort of thing should be banned by all patriots they would all go broke then. I want visit these states my money is no good there.

  • Merlin Wood
    Posted July 6, 2019 12:56 am 0Likes

    play like that fair does not exist

  • Ron
    Posted July 6, 2019 2:24 am 0Likes

    A governmental entity like a State Fair is prohibited by the Constitution to ban speech as in the name of the musical group discussed here. The State Fair officials know they will get away with the ban because a law suit will take too much time to complete. The group may be able to sue for unfair loss of revenue and damage of the group’s reputation.

  • Czerny
    Posted July 6, 2019 2:50 am 0Likes

    There’s a novel by John Kennedy Toole called “A Confederacy of Dunces.” I guess it’ll have to be burned now because of the title.

  • John T Honea
    Posted July 6, 2019 4:22 pm 0Likes

    Damn, stupid PC panty waistes. God Bless Texas, God Bless America and God Bless President and First Lady Trump. hooyah

  • Linda Morgan
    Posted July 6, 2019 6:28 pm 0Likes

    Hope the Fair had to pay a booking fee for The Confederate Railroad to play! Because if so they shouldn’t be getting it back because the Democrat fair changed their mind!!

  • Robert Taylor
    Posted July 8, 2019 5:46 pm 0Likes

    I would ask the fair owners (the public citizens???) if they truly think this action is being done for ALL the citizens or just to cater to a few. I think they can be accused of a Constitutional freedoms violation. A freedom group should bring this violation into a national lawsuit so as to prevent other entities doing similar acts just because they don’t like a name. If that is not a violation of our first amendment then we are truly a lost society on the road to destruction. What is next the family name “Brown” that may be a race related term and should not be used. Sounds stupid don’t it? Well that is a scratch of the surface where these things can go.

  • Art Crosby
    Posted July 8, 2019 9:46 pm 0Likes

    Should rename the band”I Love all black people railroad”,Naa,They*d probably find Something Offensive in THAT too.Semper Fi

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