This is one of those things that can’t really be settled by enforcing overarching “rules,” but nevertheless has meaning for what looms over and governs our daily lives. The issue is hard to pin down, lurking in the interstice between enforceable rules and “free speech.” And the forces of radical-leftist and Islamist activism exploit the heck out of it to take over our shared communal spaces.
What I’m talking about here is something reported by Senior Airman Brian Kolfage at Wounded American Warrior on Friday, 30 January. He drove through base housing at Davis-Monthan AFB the day before, and saw this:
Why is this perversion of old glory flying on a U.S. Military installation? You’re free to express your sexual preferences in any way you want, but this is in violation of Title 4 of the USC to display a flag like this on any government installation.
More specifically Title 4 U.S.C. § 1 : US Code – Section 1: Flag; stripes and stars on: The flag of the United States shall be thirteen horizontal stripes, alternate red and white; and the union of the flag shall be fifty stars, white in a blue field.
He repeats his concern for the flag:
If you’re LGBT please show some damn respect to the flag that you took an oath to defend, not disrespect it. It’s the freedoms that our military has fought for that allow you to have a sexual preference openly, unlike in other nations where you would be killed on the spot if they thought you were LGBT in any way.
Just because “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” was repealed, it doesn’t give you the right to act like a fool and disrespect our nations flag.