Most Americans, regardless of your race, creed, religion, or background wouldn’t take a look at Old Glory and feel at all threatened. In fact, most people who come to the United States have done so because of the liberties that that beautiful symbol stands for. It is a memorial dripping with the blood of patriots who have risked it all for the promise of hope and freedom that couldn’t be attained anywhere else for them in the world.
But, like very bucketful of beautiful shiny apples…you can generally locate a rotten one and this particular stench embarrassingly emanates from my great state of Texas.
A Webster man says his apartment complex manager told him his American flag was a “threat to the Muslim community,” and that he has to take it down. But he’s not giving up without a fight.
Stepping onto Duy Tran’s balcony in Webster, one thing is clear: “It means a lot to me,” he said.
He’s talking about his American flag that he proudly put up when he moved in just a few days ago. But then an apartment manager at the Lodge on El Dorado told him he had to take it down.
“What really stunned me is that she said it’s a threat towards the Muslim community,” said Tran. “I’m not a threat toward anybody.”
We tried to ask a manager if that’s exactly what was said, but she just handed us a statement, refused to answer any questions, and called an officer to escort us off the property, before we could press any further:
“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.”
Perhaps we should make sure that any of those offended are not being funded through any parts of our welfare system that is funded by any American dollars. Or…even better…feel free to contact management and let them know (politely) exactly how you feel about the matter. They can be contacted at 281.480.3730, on Twitter @lodgeoneldorado.