Evidently one person complained to the housing authorities in Massachusetts over the 4th of July holiday and that was enough to get the government to ban the display of the American flag at the entire complex.
Residents of a Massachusetts public housing complex are outraged that the town's housing agency has banned the display of U.S. flags outside their homes.
The Wrentham Housing Authority notified residents of the policy through a letter taped to their doors Wednesday.
The unsigned letter says the move was made after a tenant complained to the state Department of Housing and Community Development over the Fourth of July holiday.
Barbara Marshall kept a U.S. flag flying outside Wednesday even after the letter was delivered and tells The Sun Chronicle (http://bit.ly/OzGXE4 ) she has no intention of removing it.
The 82-year-old Marshall, whose brother took part in the D-Day invasion of France, says she was so upset about the letter she had to lie down.
No one at the housing authority would comment.
We've come to expect this kind of disrespect from schools where flying the American flag supposedly upsets some Hispanics of Mexican descent. But schools are so hopelessly PC that it doesn't surprise us when they beclown themselves by banning the US flag.
This is something different, however. A state agency ordering the taking down of US flags? First of all, I doubt very much whether they have that authority. Courts may have ruled that schools may ban the flag because of fears of violence, but this is a cut and dried free speech issue. If anyone cares to challenge it, I'm pretty sure the state would be laughed out of court for trying to defend it.
Meanwhile, kudos to 82 year old Barbara Marshall and her defiance.