August 4, 2016
By Lorra B.
Over the last few years Americans seem to be receiving a clear message, flying Old Glory could not only be offensive to some people and therefore deemed inappropriate (or even racist) but punishable by law as well.
Most Americans remember a day when patriotically flying the American flag brought the US together with warm feelings for a nation loved. Today, however, Americans are forced to worry if their proud display of loyalty will either offend someone or land them in trouble with the law.
The latest of innumerable flag-flying controversies comes from Henderson, NV, when an Army veteran was told that the flag he had proudly been displaying at his apartment complex couldn’t be displayed the way it had been for the last 3 years.
“You may have seen Ken Jackson’s giant American flag being flown at the Crystal Creek apartment complex, located at Green Valley Parkway and Warm Springs Road,” reportsFox5 News. The management at Crystal Creek have now decided that Jackson can no longer fly his flag the way he wants to or face a fine of $25 a month until he complies.
By no means is Jackson the first to face opposition when it comes to the American flag. In June Rhode Island Firefighters were compared to ISIS terrorists for flying American flags of their trucks.
“They look like a bunch of yahoos,” Fred Gralinski of the Central Coventry Fire District said at a board meeting. “Like in the paper, like ISIS in Syria going to take over a city. I don’t think they need that big flag on the back of the truck. That’s not America to me. Those are a bunch of terrorists. So, I’m going to ask you to take the flag off that truck.”
Let’s not forget the student from Fruita, Colorado, who was told that students could no longer fly any flags from their vehicles, including the American Flag. Even it was banned.
“They said we can’t fly a Mexican flag, Confederate flag, American flag, any flag at all,” senior Paxton Streeter complained to NBC 11. “I feel very disrespected that we cannot fly our country’s flag in our own country.”
This controversy started because a student, senior Colt Chatfield, came to school displaying the Confederate Flag, a flag he had on his vehicle all year. When Chatfield became defiant about removing the flag he was threatened that unless he did so he would lose his graduation rights.
“I don’t see how you can pull someone’s right to walk in graduation because they were being patriotic,” Fruita senior Keegan Bogart said. “My buddy was kicked out for having [a flag] in his truck, and they threatened to expel Colt Chatfield for it, and they told all seniors that they would not walk [in graduation] if we continued to display flags in the school’s parking lot.”
The school denied threatening the students but did say the request was made because some flags are “offensive” to some students, and because they were a “safety” issue.
The American Flag is a safety issue?
In Georgia a man was threatened with jail time and ticketed for refusing to take down a flag he had been proudly flying for more than 30 years outside his automotive repair shop.
“It’s been there for 30 years,” Tom Gieryic told Fox News. “She told me my flag was in the city’s right of way.”
After a few retired Marines came to the auto shop and offered to replace the old flag with a new one, that’s when the trouble started.
A code enforcement officer met Gieryic at his shop and told him to either remove Old Glory or be faced with fines.
“I was shocked, man – a complete loss for words,” he recounted. “I told her I wasn’t going to be moving my flag.”
If he did not comply, Gieryic was told that he could face 60 days in jail and be fined $1000 a day.
Harassing, ticketing, threatening jail time, fining and being called terrorists, patriots are bewildered and angry by it all. What once was considered a proud exhibition for Love of Country now seems to be policed, shunned and even being called a racist statement or terrorism by some stretch of the imagination.
So, while we still can, FLY’EM IF YOU GOT’EM!
Here are the official rules for flying the American Flag, lest you be hit with threats of jail time, large fines or a litany of other accusations:
By Lorra B.