Wednesday, May 28, 2008

"We stole countries with the cunning use of flags!"

I'm confused--and curious... When did flags become symbols of jingoism & hate?

Here in the U.S.:

"...A Central Florida war veteran faces a lawsuit for flying the American flag on a pole in his front yard.
Watkins and his wife, Ria, received a final notice from the Sussex homeowners' association in Clermont that they must remove the flag or face legal action.

The former retired U.S. Navy communications officer said he refuses to back down for the American flag.

"Our people are serving today to give us freedom to do as we like here within the law of America," Watkins said. "It is my right to fly my flag from my pole and until a court of law tells me to haul that down, I will not haul it down. I think about all of the people who have served our nation and all of the lives that it's cost and all of the friends that I've lost..." (source)

And in the U.K.:

"...A TEENAGE motorist was told to remove an England flag from his car by a police officer because it could be offensive to immigrants.

"[The officer] saw the flag and said it was racist towards immigrants and if I refused to take it down I would get a £30 fine.

"I laughed because I thought he was joking, but then I realized he was serious so I had to take it down straight away. I thought it was silly - it's my country and I want to show my support for my country." (source)

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