Texas Man Told to Remove American Flag Because It Was a ‘Threat’ to Muslims

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  1. Revmitchell

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    Go out to the balcony of Duy Tran’s apartment, and you’ll see something he is very proud of: an American flag. “It means a lot to me,” he told KHOU-TV in Houston:

    But Tran said the manager of the Lodge on El Dorado apartments doesn’t see it that way, and told him he had to take down his flag because it’s a “threat to the Muslim community.”

    What? Tran said the reasoning stunned him: “I’m not a threat toward anybody.” Tran heard that some of his Muslim neighbors complained. About what? Are these citizens? Legal immigrants? Refugees? What country do they think they are living in?

    The property managers refused to answer such questions and had a police officer escort a reporter off the premises, leaving it a mystery who were the Muslims who complained and whether the owner was Muslim. They also issued this bizarre statement, which read in part:

    “While the Lodge on El Dorado admires our resident’s patriotism, we must enforce our property rules and guidelines. Such guidelines maintain the aesthetics of our apartment community and provide for the safety of all residents. The apartment community already proudly displays our country’s flag in a safe and appropriate manner at the entrances to our community.”

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    From the article, statement from the landlord:

    “While the Lodge on El Dorado admires our resident’s patriotism, we must enforce our property rules and guidelines. Such guidelines maintain the aesthetics of our apartment community"

    Personally, I hope he sticks to his guns and continues to display the flag but if there is a clause in the renter's agreement that stipulates no alteration of the exterior of the renter's units, the guy might be in violation.
     
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    Remitchell, do you believe a business should be forced to adhere to regulations regarding the display of the American flag? Do you believe that the government should step in and alter the way this business has decided to conduct itself?
     
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    The Flag Code is merely declaratory and advisory. I do not see how it can be enforced as it does not prescribe conduct.

    But the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act (2005), I thought, prohibited a condo or real estate management association from adopting or enforcing any policy that restricts or prevents a member from displaying the flag IAW the Federal Flag Code on residential property (if that person is an owner).
     
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    You are correct, but it is unclear to me in this case whether or not Tran is an "owner" or a "renter". I don't believe the Freedom to Display act applies to rental agreements.

    That being said, it seems the management is interpreting their rules rather broadly and may be overstepping their bounds.
     
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    I'm offended that the Muslim was offended.......merry go round then?
     
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    and I am offended that Muslims want to wear turbans and other unauthorized items on military uniforms.
     
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    Why? At least they'd be easy to spot. :smilewinkgrin:
     

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