ATLANTA --- On Jan. 1, 150 years ago, Georgians went to the polls and picked delegates to a convention to support seceding from the Union. Now the debate over that vote continues in a controversy over a dozen television and radio ads.
The ads were produced and funded by the Georgia Sons of Confederate Veterans.
The organization asserts that in seceding Southern states were exercising a right that New England states had claimed since the country's founding and that Confederates fought to defend that right when Union forces "invaded" to prevent secession.
The History Channel has refused to broadcast the ads during its series on the war.
Jack Bridwell, the commander of the Georgia Division of the SCV blasted network executives for hypocrisy.
"We find it more than interesting that the History Channel has no problem airing shows with controversial theories about history, including more than one show which speculates that extraterrestrial aliens in UFO's somehow redirected human history, and yet the same channel does not see the value in allowing a nonprofit, educational organization to present the Southern view of the causes for the war," he said.
SCV spokesman Ray McBerry, a former GOP gubernatorial candidate, said the group is producing more ads and will air them around the state over the next four years.