This past week a local controversy broke out that I really couldn’t help but comment on. In a city nearby residents woke up to find a letter taped to their door with a new rule to follow. This rule was that all American Flags displayed for the public eye must be removed and limited to only indoor display. This letter was a result of multiple complaints from a tenant whose identity is still unknown.
This letter rightfully drummed up controversy all over. The next day every radio and news station covered the reactions of all the residents as well as surrounding citizens. The idea that anyone thinks they have the right to control someones use of the American Flag is absolutely insulting. This particular housing complex was for those who are elderly or disabled. Many people who were affected by this American Flag ban either participated in war or knew someone who did and they felt this ban was disrespectful for those who served/ are serving.
A day after the ban and after all of the uproar- Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development recalled the ban stating ““The agency’s policy for local housing authorities includes not allowing displays of private materials in public areas. This does not extend to respectful and safe displays of the American flag,” according to an article by msnbc-http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/12/12707608-mass-housing-complex-american-flag-ban-reversed-after-a-day
Death threats were floating around the complex looking for the tenant who issued the complaints. Tensions were high and this leaves to question if this type of ban should ever be allowed in any situation. In my opinion the use of the American Flag in America should be allowed in any quantity in any venue and should not be regulated in any way. No one should have the right to ban it even if the ban only lasts a day. So I leave the question to you bloggers. Should the use of the American Flag be subject to regulation in any form? If so in what circumstance would regulation be perceivable?