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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Flag Waving Banned at Colorado School

When the flying of the nation's flag becomes inflammatory, one might take that as a clue. In Longmont, CO., the flying of flags, even and especially the American flag has been forbidden at the local high school.

Skyline High School Principal Tom Stumpf said American flags were brazenly waved in the faces of Hispanic students and in one case a Mexican flag was thrown into the face of another student.

"When it involves the American flag and its abuse in vilifying other people, we simply will not tolerate it," Stumpf said. "They were using the symbol derisively as misguided patriotism."

Students were warned about the policy Friday and several were suspended, although Stumpf would not provide details. Then, about 100 students protested during lunch time.

It's OK for people here illegally to fly the flag of their nation of origin to protest the laws of the nation they are living off of, but it's misguided patriotism to wave the nation's flag back at them. Somehow the logic escapes me, but then I don't understand how a person here illegally has any rights at all. Yet our own courts and political leaders bend over backwards to see that the benefits of citizenship are readily available to anyone who sets foot on our soil regardless of whether or not they honored our country's laws when they came here. I don't blame anyone's in your face patriotism after such in your face protesting by people who break our laws to come here.


Anonymous old 'n Cranky said...

>>...I don't blame anyone's in your face patriotism...<<

Good, 'cause yesterday we were at Dulles airport international arrivals with little American flags, a "Welcome Home" banner and boom box playing Sousa'a "Stars and Stripes Forever" together with other patriotic airs (not too loudly but you could hear it clearly enough) to greet a friend returning from Iraq. For the third or fourth time, one of the "specialists." A few other greeters moved over to stand with us while waiting for their folks, most other people seemed to think us over the top but they looked foreign anyway so who gives a rats behind what they think....

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