Friday, October 26, 2007
Speaking of flags, a complaint by one person has led to a ban on the flag-folding recitations by Veterans Administration employees and volunteers at all 125 national cemeteries. The complaint originated at a ceremony in California (no surprise there!).
In yet another misguided application of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, the ban was issued because of the narration during the 11th fold, which celebrates Jewish war veterans and "glorifies the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob." The 12th fold glorifies "God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost", but that apparently was not included in the complaint.
This is just another example of one person being able to change tradition because it is offensive to that person, despite that it is accepted by the vast majority. Now, I'm not saying majority rules in cases of right and wrong, but in this case the ban is not right, because it has no constitutional basis (at least not according to the original intent of the framers of the Constitution).
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Many of us have been incensed when we see the American flag be treated disrepsectfully by supporters of illegal immigration (flag flown upside down, flown under the Mexican flag, etc.). However, I believe disrespect has been taken to a new level by something I saw yesterday--an American flag with the "gay pride" rainbow stripes in place of the red and white stripes. I imagine it won't be too long before homosexual activists will be pushing to have this made our official national flag.
One point of irony: The house flying this flag is located on Rainbow Drive.