- The Washington Times - Monday, November 9, 2015

A Tulsa, Oklahoma group called Confederate Veterans Lives Matter said it is filing a complaint against the city after it was denied a chance to participate in Wednesday’s Veterans Day Parade.

Meanwhile, a float for the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was approved without issue.

Organizers for Confederate Veterans Lives Matter said they had planned to add their float to the parade to honor what they said is an often-overlooked group: Confederate veterans, a local CBS News affiliate reported.

“Just a regular old float, have the Confederate flag up there like we have mounted on our trucks, and have some people on the float, and wave our flags and have some visibility,” said Allen Branch.

But parade organizers said the group submitted their application past the due date. The committee also said it does not allow any group that pushes an agenda, and it believes “Confederate Veterans Lives Matter,” a response to the Black Lives Matter movement, does just that, CBS reported.

The group said it is planning to file a complaint of discrimination.

“Why approve another group and then deny us, when the Confederate is a Civil War thing? They’re veterans within itself,” said Arlene Barnum.

Still, the group said it plans to attend the parade and fly their Confederate flags in the crowd.

On Sunday, about 50 people gathered at the Richard L. Jones Jr. Airport to protest the fact that CAIR is participating in this year’s event, marking the first time in 97 years that Oklahoma Muslims will have a float, a local ABC News affiliate reported.

Some veterans in the area believe CAIR is not participating for the right reasons.

“What bothers me is that it’s not that there was a Muslim in the United States military,” said David Bell, a protest participant. “That doesn’t bother me at all. What bothers me is that people are using the organization CAIR to in fact infiltrate our country under the pretense that they are veterans.”

CAIR said its purpose is only to support their brothers and sisters in uniform and not to promote religion.

Since the parade is not a religious event, CAIR is allowed to participate exercising their freedom of speech, ABC reported.

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