Friday, October 26, 2007
All It Takes Is One Offended Person
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).