By Roland S. Martin, CNN Political Analyst
(CNN) -- Based on the hundreds of e-mails, Facebook comments and Tweets I've read in response to my denunciation of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision to honor Confederates for their involvement in the Civil War -- which was based on the desire to continue slavery -- the one consistent thing that supporters of the proclamation offer up as a defense is that these individuals were fighting for what they believed in and defending their homeland.
In criticizing me for saying that celebrating the Confederates was akin to honoring Nazi soldiers for killing of Jews during the Holocaust, Rob Wagner said, "I am simply defending the honor and dignity of men who were given no choice other than to fight, some as young as thirteen."
Sherry Callahan said that supporting the Confederacy is "our history. Not hate; it's about heritage and history."
Realskirkland sent me a Tweet saying, "Slavery is appalling, but was not the only reason for the CW [Civil War]. Those men, while misguided on some fronts stood up for what they felt was right. They embodied that American ideal that the states have a right to govern themselves. THAT is what a confederate soldier stood for."
If you take all of these comments, don't they sound eerily similar to what we hear today from Muslim extremists who have pledged their lives to defend the honor of Allah and to defeat the infidels in the West?
Even if you're a relative of one of the 9/11 hijackers, that man was an out-and-out terrorist, and nothing you can say will change that. And if your great-great-great-granddaddy was a Confederate who stood up for Southern ideals, he too was a terrorist. They are the same.
Well, no, not really. Let me preface my remarks by saying I had a great-granddaddy on each side, so I'm in the middle on this one.
Point 1: The United States at the time of the Civil War were not 'united' like they are now - and no - it wasn't ALL about slavery. A large part of it was about 'state's rights' (which I was taught in grade school to think was SETTLED by said war).
Point 2: While the term 'terrorist' has a multitude of definitions, it does not include men who wear uniforms, and are members of an army duly constituted by a government. Traitors? Maybe. Terrorists? No. The same cannot be said for groups such as Quantrill's Raiders or northern Redlegs, both of which would qualify as terrorist organizations.
Point 3: Mr. Martin's comparing Confederate soldiers to Nazis trips Godwin's Law, and the comparison to the 9/11 highjackers is just absurd on the face of it.
Come on, gang, let 'er rip!